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Kentucky Links

  • External LinkKentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services - The Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services is a multiproject consortium housed at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute. The partnership's goal is to provide research, training and outreach to support and enhance quality early care, intervention and education. The linked site will help you locate the STARS Quality Coordinator for your area who can provide free technical assistance for participation in the STARS Program. 
  • External LinkKIDS NOW - The goal of the KIDS NOW initiative is to support efforts to ensure all children in Kentucky are healthy and safe, possess the foundation to enable school and personal success and live in strong families that are supported and strengthened within their communities. Visit the website for additional KIDS NOW initiatives.
  • Division of Child Care - The Division of Child Care promotes quality child care through planning and initiatives that support the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. Visit the website for more information on the child care assistance program, professional development and child care resource and referral agencies in Kentucky. 
  • Early Care and Education Training Records Information System - ECE-TRIS is a database created to store and maintain individual training records for Early Care and Education professionals in Kentucky. ECE-TRIS creates an easily accessible, centralized location for training records.
  • Division of Regulated Child Care - The Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing and investigating complaints against child day care programs, residential child caring facilities and child-placing agencies. The division also is responsible for certifying and investigating complaints against certified family child care homes.
  • Child Care Regulations - Visit the website to access child care-related regulations and statutes for Kentucky.

National Links

  • External LinkThe Child Care Bureau - The Child Care Bureau, Office of Family Assistance, supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after-school programs.
  • External LinkCouncil for Professional Recognition -The council promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in early childhood care and education, the people who work with children from birth through 5 years of age in early childhood centers, family child care homes and as home visitors. The council administers the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program. Visit the website for more information on the CDA Program.
  • External LinkCouncil on Accreditation (COA) - COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying and promoting accreditation standards. COA After School Standards represent a merging of National Afterschool Association standards and COA's eighth edition standards.
  • External LinkNational Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children. NAEYC efforts to improve early childhood education focus on different systems of accreditation for programs committed to meeting national standards of quality.
  • External LinkThe National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) - NACCRRA helps ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. Programs and services provided include training and technical assistance to local and state child care resource and referral programs, Quality Assurance Program, a national, voluntary certification system for CCR&Rs, and Child Care Aware®, a national toll-free information line and website for families.
  • External LinkNational Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) - NAFCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care. NAFCC accreditation is a recognized indicator that a family child care program is a quality environment.


Last Updated 2/8/2017