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Home-based childcare alternatives face obstacles, but could play an important role beyond pandemic

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Community advocates say home-based family child care could play a major role in closing gaps in access across Kentucky during the pandemic and beyond, but current zoning creates obstacles for individuals interested in opening licensed and regulated home child-care centers. In a recent survey conducted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, one in four current family child-care...

Nearly half of Kentucky’s childcare providers now ‘highly ranked’ by state’s quality rating system

The Kentucky Division of Child Care has reached a significant milestone, with nearly half of the state’s child-care providers now highly ranked by the Commonwealth’s required quality rating system. The goal was part of the federal Race to the Top Initiative. Kentucky was awarded an RTTT Early Learning Challenge grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human...