Free Training Opportunity: From Pre-K to On Our Way!

From Pre-K to On Our Way!  is a day-long training to promote and support transitions from preschool to public school. In this workshop, participants will: Review the research on the impact of preschool and parent involvement on student success Identify ways to build effective partnerships preschool/kindergarten/home Recognize the transitions between Kentucky’s early childhood standards and the common […]

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Governor Signs HANDS Home Visiting Bill

May 8, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact: Stu Silberman, Executive Director 859-229-8040 stu.silberman@prichardcommittee.org Governor Signs HANDS Home Visiting Bill LOUISVILLE, KY – Governor Steve Beshear once again showed his support for Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens by signing legislation today that strengthens Kentucky’s voluntary home visiting program known as HANDS, the Health Access […]

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Prichard Kids: Dixie Elementary Student Talks about Importance of Early Learning

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Annual State of Preschool Released!

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool report today, finding a dramatic reduction in spending on preschool programs this year (2012) nationwide. Read the press release and full report. Kentucky maintained its 9 (out of 10) rating but saw a 5 percent decrease in enrollment largely attributed to […]

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HANDS families say THANK YOU!

Families graduating from Kentucky’s HANDS voluntary home visiting program took a few minutes to say thank you (watch the video)! The program is available to families experiencing extra challenges during pregnancy and up to their child’s second birthday. Home visitors provide information, guidance and support as families work to provide a safe, stimulating and healthy […]

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Gov. Office of Early Childhood released County profiles that present snapshot of early childhood status

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood just released the “2013 Early Childhood Profiles” which allows school districts to use county-specific data to understand how many children in their communities are ready for kindergarten. For more information about the Early Childhood Profiles please visit http://kidsnow.ky.gov/School%20Readiness/Pages/profiles.aspx. The 2013 Early Childhood Profiles can be accessed at http://kentuckyp20.ky.gov/Reports/EarlyChildhoodProfile/default.aspx

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Please contact members of the House Health & Welfare Committee!

Great News!! Senate Bill 74 Passed Senate Unopposed! Now on to House Health & Welfare Committee! SB 74 the HANDS Home Visiting Bill moved through the Senate unopposed (37-0). The bill now travels to the House and will be heard by the House Health & Welfare committee as early as this week. We need to […]

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Strong Start Kentucky: Investing in Quality Early Care & Education to Ensure Future Success

This report represents the combined efforts of some 50 state leaders in early care and education who are helping define the appropriate next steps for Kentucky in the critical area of early care and education. These state leaders focused on five critical areas in developing their recommendations: increasing access to preschool; improving the quality of […]

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CED Report: The Economic Promise of Investing in High-Quality Preschool

“The Economic Promise of Investing in High Quality Preschool: Using Early Education to Improve Economic Growth and the Fiscal Sustainability of States and the Nation,” Committee for Economic Development, 2006 This study, sponsored by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, finds that American children, the United States’ economy and our society can greatly benefit […]

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