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Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood DevelopmentFirst Steps Program - For children birth to age 3 with developmental delays or specific medical conditions known to cause developmental delays.

Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) - Health Access Nurturing Development Services - Are you a mom or dad who is pregnant or expecting a new baby? Would you like information on pregnancy or your baby’s early years?

Child Care Health Consultations for Healthy Start In Child Care - Protecting the health and safety of children in out of home child care.

Birth Surveillance Registry - surveillance system designed to provide information on the incidence, prevalence, trends and possible causes of stillbirths, birth defects, and disabling conditions of children in Kentucky.

Newborn Screening Program provides information to healthcare providers and parents about the 29 medical disorders every infant in Kentucky is tested for at birth.

Early Childhood Mental Health Program  provides consultation, training and evaluation services for children from birth to five years and their families.

Kentucky Strengthening Families (KYSF)  is an initiative that focuses on strengthening families by enhancing protective factors that reduce the impact of adversity and increase the well-being of children and families through family, community, and state partnerships.

child being measuredThe Early Childhood Development Branch provides active leadership in achieving the health goals of the state’s early childhood initiatives through HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) HANDS, CCHC Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care, ECMH Early Childhood Mental Health, First Steps - Kentucky's Early Intervention System, Newborn Screening, Genetics, Adult PKU and KY Birth Surveillance Registry. Approximately 21 percent of all children provided preventive health services are in need of further evaluation and treatment of a condition or problem that, when detected early, is less costly than if allowed to worsen. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on early intervention for children results in a cost avoidance of $7. The future of Kentucky depends upon the healthy development of its youngest citizens.


Early Childhood Healthy Living Curricula

On Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, more than 70 Kentucky educators and staff from the Department for Public Health met at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to explore the need for early childhood drug awareness and healthy living curricula in Kentucky. 

Educators provided an in-depth look at existing programs focused on educating Kentucky children on the importance of healthy living, life skills and the dangers of drug abuse. Learn more about Kentucky’s existing drug awareness and healthy living curricula programs.


Last Updated 6/2/2017