early childhood education http://wfpl.org en What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program http://wfpl.org/post/whats-next-kentucky-begins-restoring-its-child-care-subsidy-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecause of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ore low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help &nbsp;them cover child care costs, state officials said.</span></p><p>But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9187 at http://wfpl.org What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School http://wfpl.org/post/graphics-how-ready-classes-were-kindergartners-each-jefferson-county-public-school <p>Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School <a href="/post/half-kentuckys-kindergartners-entered-ready-school-jcps-results-slightly-better">kindergartners entered school ready, </a>which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.</p><p>For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (<a href="/post/why-measuring-what-kentuckys-kindergartners-know-useful">Here's more</a> on what "ready" means.)</p><p>Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:00:47 +0000 Joseph Lord 8423 at http://wfpl.org Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School Half of Kentucky's Kindergartners Entered Ready for School; JCPS Results Slightly Better http://wfpl.org/post/half-kentuckys-kindergartners-entered-ready-school-jcps-results-slightly-better <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half of Kentucky's kindergartners were ready in the fall to enter the public education system, and Jefferson County's youngest students were slightly more prepared, according to state data released Thursday afternoon. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This school year all kindergarten students in the state were tested for readiness. Each child was tested as they entered school in five developmental areas, including social, emotional and academic skills.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Devin Katayama 8422 at http://wfpl.org Half of Kentucky's Kindergartners Entered Ready for School; JCPS Results Slightly Better Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful http://wfpl.org/post/why-measuring-what-kentuckys-kindergartners-know-useful <p>This afternoon, we find out how prepared Kentucky's kindergarten students were entering the 2013-2014 school year last fall.</p><p>The Kentucky Education Department releases its first ever statewide results of its kindergarten screener.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 8406 at http://wfpl.org Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-looks-early-child-education-faces-challenges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a push from prominent Indiana lawmakers who to want expand access to childcare and preschool programs, it may be difficult for the General Assembly to pass any such measures in a non-budget writing year, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill&nbsp;Stanczykiewicz, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.</span></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7958 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-libraries-join-early-childhood-education-push <p>Kentucky has created a new task force to help turn public libraries into better early childhood education resources for families.</p><p>The 54-member group includes librarians from across the state who are charged with developing standards and resources that local libraries can use.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7978 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push Kentucky Gets $44 Million For Early Childhood Education http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gets-44-million-early-childhood-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky officials say they want to make the state's voluntary rating system for childcare facilities mandatory and they will have help in the amount of $44 million to do it.</span></p><p>That’s the amount of money Kentucky won as part of the federal government’s Race to the Top grant competition for early childhood education. It's the third round of such funding provided by the t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he U.S. Department of Education with help from the Department of Health and Human Services.</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:13:18 +0000 Devin Katayama 7954 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Gets $44 Million For Early Childhood Education KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources http://wfpl.org/post/ket-recieves-114-million-grow-early-childhood-resources <p>A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.</p><p>“What colors can <em>you</em> make?” the television asks.</p><p>Early childhood educators use the program as a prompt. The children then mix colored liquid into bags that contain plain dough-like material that will soon become yellow. Then green, when they drop in blue liquid.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:37:13 +0000 Devin Katayama 7698 at http://wfpl.org KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-ranks-last-us-access-child-care-assistance-report-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.</span></p><p>The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.</p><p>In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:56:13 +0000 Joseph Lord 7305 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy http://wfpl.org/post/three-months-after-cuts-nearly-19-percent-fewer-kids-using-kentuckys-child-care-subsidy <p>Kentucky&#39;s child care subsidy program for low-income working families has 18.6 percent fewer children participants than a year ago.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:49:57 +0000 Joseph Lord 7133 at http://wfpl.org Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy