HERE’S A LIST TO GET YOU STARTED
There are many agencies across the state and in our communities that focus on early childhood development. This list of trusted resources is a starting point and will provide you with ideas for helping your child learn.
Resources About Early Learning Programs
An early learning program provides early care and education for children from birth to kindergarten. This includes childcare centers, family-childcare homes, preschool, Early Head Start, and Head Start.
Healthy child development depends on safe and positive experiences in the first years of life. Choosing the right early learning program is important.
Your child needs a program that will keep them safe, healthy, and learning. Use these tips when looking for a high-quality early learning program.
Teamwork is essential to your child’s success. Building a partnership with all the people who care for your child will help them grow and learn.
Programs are rated based on measures of quality. Ratings can help families choose high-quality childcare. Ask your early childhood education provider about their STARS rating.
Resources for Finding Early Learning Programs
Child Care Aware of Kentucky is the statewide regional network for Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) services supporting access to safe, affordable, quality child care for families.
Search for child care providers in nine languages.
Kentucky Resources for Child Development
The Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for any new or expectant parents.
Help Me Grow Kentucky is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL call center for families, health providers, and community service providers offering developmental screening and connection to local services and learning activities that support healthy growth for children, ages 0-5.
Kids who are ready for kindergarten are curious, focused and ready for exciting new learning experiences.
The Family Guides are a companion to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards, housed in the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and first developed in 2003, by a statewide workgroup of representative stakeholders in early care and education. The Family Guides align directly to the Standards and the best practices of KET’s Let’s Learn Kentucky.
KDE provides information about Kentucky preschool and primary education programs.
National Resources for Childhood Development
The 3Ts—Tune In, Talk More, and Take Turns—are a simple, yet powerful tool to help parents make the most of everyday interactions with their children. The 3Ts help parents optimize the power of language in everyday moments.
From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
Explore parent resources to help you raise kind, curious and resilient children. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, and apps featuring your favorite PBS KIDS characters.
Your care and support can make a huge difference in the life of a young child. Sesame Street is here for you with activities and tips for the challenges and joys along the way.
Zero to Three works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Healthy connections help build babies’ brains.
Resources for Children with Disabilities
First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families.
The KCDHH acts as an advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons on legislative issues as well as a consultant to the governor, General Assembly, and various state and local governmental agencies concerning policies and programs that pertain to people with hearing loss.
The Kentucky Advisory Council on Autism (KYACA) promotes collaborative efforts and advocates to improve systems of supports for individuals with autism.
The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. (Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network) is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) provides comprehensive care to children and youth with special health care needs.
VIPS provides early intervention services to children who are blind or visually impaired, helping children gain independence and unlock their true potential.
Resources for Finding Benefits
The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free health insurance for children younger than 19 without health insurance. Children in families with incomes less than 213 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s space for you to connect with state assistance resources.
Spread the Word
Let’s Learn Kentucky is a tool to empower your work as well as to share with parents and caregivers. These resources and easy promotional ideas can kick-start your outreach!
No matter what social media platforms you and your team utilize, we’ve pulled together photos and video (.zip) and a YouTube clip that are ready to share! And you can download suggested post copy here. (.pdf)
Word of Mouth
With so much great content it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Start with this outreach toolkit (.pdf) to find ideas for reaching families, caregivers and your community.