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New online training course aims to increase quality in early childhood environments

  The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television, has released a free online training course that aims to help early childhood professionals prepare children across the Commonwealth for success in school. This course is the first free training offering to support the new STARS quality rating system to be launched later this year.   The course,...

Nearly 90 state counties awarded grants to promote early education, school readiness

State officials visit the Early Learning Village East in Frankfort. Pictured from left are principal Larry Hughes, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. (Photo from Ky. Gov. Office)   More than $1 million in grants is to be awarded to 64 Community Early Childhood Councils covering 88 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children.   “It...

New data will help school districts know more about who is ready for kindergarten

For the first time, school districts can use county-specific data profiles to understand how many children in their communities are ready for kindergarten, thanks to the 2013 Early Childhood Profiles released by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.   These county-by-county reports show readiness indicators like communications skills and physical well-being for children entering school....