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National Association of Child Care

The only professional organization dedicated to family child care providers offering in-home care for young children. This organization promotes quality, offers a national accreditation for family child care providers, advocates at local, state and national levels as well as offers resources dedicated to family child care providers.

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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

CCAP helps low income families pay for child care.

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Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce supports a dynamic business climate in the Commonwealth, works to advance Kentucky, and provides substantial value to its members by articulating a vision for Kentucky and providing advocacy, information, program management, and customer service in order to accelerate business creation, recruitment, expansion, and retention.

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Child Care Health Consultants

Kentucky Child Care Health Consultation, for a Healthy Start in Child Care, is part of the KIDS NOW Initiative. The program provides consultation and technical assistance on health, safety and nutrition for children ages 0-5 to child care providers. Trained Child Care Health Consultants from local health departments participate in joint activities with Child Care Aware and the  Kentucky All Stars program in their areas to ensure collaboration and coordination on issues impacting the quality of child care.

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Regional Collaboratives (formerly known as Community Early Childhood Councils)

As early childhood leaders in their communities, Community Early Childhood Councils have been addressing the unique needs and strengths of the local community for over 20 years.  They have been doing the critical work of establishing and strengthening relationships; as well as promoting collaboration and coordinating with individuals from a cross-section of the community.

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Division of Child Care (DCC)

The Division of Child Care (DCC) helps child care programs. We support plans that help grow and improve child care services and resources in our state. DCC also establishes the child care regulations for all family child care and licensed child care programs.

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Division of Regulated Child Care (DRCC)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing and investigating complaints against licensed child care facilities, certified family child care homes, residential child caring facilities and child placing agencies.

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ECE Mental Health Consultants

The primary goal of ECMHP is to provide:

  • Program and child-level consultation on social, emotional and behavioral issues to programs that serve children from birth through age 5.

  • Training on working with young children with social, emotional and behavioral needs and their families, to child-serving agencies and others.

  • Evaluation, assessment, and therapeutic services for children from birth through age 5 and their families.

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Early Care and Education Training Records Information System (ECE-TRIS) is a website designed to help providers track and register for training.

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First Steps

First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. First Steps is Kentucky's response to the federal Infant-Toddler Program. First Steps offers comprehensive services through a variety of community agencies and service disciplines and is administered by the Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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The Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for any new or expectant parents. HANDS supports families as they build healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children.

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Health Department

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is responsible for developing and operating state public health programs and activities for the citizens of Kentucky. The mission of DPH is to improve the health and safety of people in Kentucky through prevention, promotion and protection.

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Kentucky’s Governor's Office of Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) provides leadership and direction for the Commonwealth of Kentucky by providing a comprehensive and sustainable prenatal to age five early childhood system that will ensure a strong foundation for all children.

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An essential element for improving education, workforce and life outcomes for Kentuckians is focusing on kids’ early learning and readiness for kindergarten. With a variety of resources, including educator trainings, family workshops and hands-on children’s activities, KET helps prepare our youngest citizens to be kindergarten ready.

We’re dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of children, teachers and families, with high-quality early childhood instructional resources and in-person and online training opportunities. Our on-air programming, which includes the 24/7 KET PBS KIDS channel, is designed to boost cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

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KY Shared Services

KY Shared Services is the one-stop location for policies, forms, regulations, guidance, discounts, and more to help save you time, reduce costs, and improve quality. Memberships are free for all KY child care providers.

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The Commonwealth of Kentucky's space for you to connect with state resources--health coverage assistance, premium assistance, qualified health plans, food assistance, cash assistance, and child care assistance.

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Learn the Signs, Act Early

The CDC has a variety of materials, including an app, that allows parents and providers to track children's development from birth through five years old.

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The Early Childhood Development Scholarship provides a seamless system to upgrade the professional development of those working in early care and education. The state legislature and the Governor created the Early Childhood Development Scholarship as part of the KIDS NOW early childhood initiative. The scholarship provides financial assistance, to the extent of available funds, in the form of non-repayable tuition scholarships for Kentucky students who are pursuing one of the following:


  • Commonwealth Child Care Credential

  • Child Development Associate

  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education or related program

  • Director’s Credential

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Small Business Development Center

Steps to starting a business may seem overwhelming, but the Small Business 

Development Center coaches are available to guide you through the process and ensure 

you are on the right track to owning and operating a successful small business.

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USDA Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers. CACFP also provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities. CACFP contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children and adults in the United States.

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WIC provides nutrition education and services, breastfeeding promotion and education, monthly food prescription of nutritious foods and access to health-care services.


WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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New business locations and business locations undergoing renovation may be subject to state building codes, local zoning requirements, and Americans with Disabilities Act public access requirements. These regulations can vary with each business location depending on the type of business, location, number of employees, public access, and the type of structure.

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