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1 KIDS NOW Early Childhood Development Initiative Initiative Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

2 Who? Who? Champions Governor Paul Patton Traditional Legislators Cabinet Secretaries/Staff Early Childhood Professionals (KAECE, KYA) County Extension Libraries Head Start Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies YMCA/YWCA Early Interventionists Department of Education Child Care Programs/Staff Parents United Way Family Resource/Youth Services Centers Non-Traditional Legislators Workforce Development Cabinet Higher Education Business (Bell-South, Fidelity, Toyota, UPS) Chamber of Commerce Foundations Kentucky Medical Association AFL-CIO Associated Industries of KY. KY. Association of School Boards KY. Association of School Administrators Parents Catholic Conference KY. Rural Health Association KY. Hospital Association KY. Psychological Association

3 What?What? House Bill 706 Comprehensive, multi-faceted bill designed to get us started toward our goal that all young children in Kentucky: Are healthy and safe Possess the foundation that will enable school and personal success Live in strong families that are supported and strengthened within their communities.

4 KIDS NOW I. Assuring Maternal and Child Health II. Supporting Families III. Enhancing Early Care and Education IV. Establishing the Support Structure

5 Where? Across the state of Kentucky Professional Meetings (PTA, KY Assoc. of County Judge Executives, KY Maternal and Child Health Conf.) Public Forums (10 Task Force Report, 8 Quality Rating System, 7 Professional Development, 7 Community Early Childhood Councils) Civic Organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Rotary) Regional Meetings (Area Development Districts) Local Meetings

6 When? KIDS NOW History April 1998Governor Patton announces creation of Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. November 1998Executive Director hired after conducting a nationwide search. March 1999Governor Patton appoints Governor’s Early Childhood Task Force. November 1999Task Force delivers KIDS NOW 20-year comprehensive plan to Governor Patton. February 15, 2000HB 706 Introduced. March 28, 2000Passed both Chambers without one dissenting vote. April 4, 2000Governor Patton signed HB 706 into law. July 1, 2000KIDS NOW Implementation.

7 Why? Current Brain Research 90% of the “architectural structure” of the brain is developed by age 3. Critical periods of brain development happen in the first 3 years of life. Economic Development Every child must reach their full potential and grow in to adults who are taxpayers not tax users. Education Reform The next logical step in education reform is to address early childhood. State of Kentucky’s Children Kentucky ranks near the bottom of states in a number of critical areas. Our children deserve better.

8 WHY KIDS NOW KENTUCKY HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF: infant mortality from birth defects. neural tube defects (spina bifida) in the nation. KENTUCKY HAS Had 28,500 cases of substantiated child abuse/neglect in FY98, 46% involved children under the age of four. KENTUCKY RANKS: 42 nd with 34% of children under 5 living in poverty. 35 th with the percentage of low birth weight babies born in the last 30 not improving. 42 nd with 33% of children living with parents without full-time, year-round employment. 49 th with 14% of teens who dropout of high school. 43 rd with 12% of teens not in school or working.

9 How? Coordinated Effort

10 Broad Representation of Traditional and Non-Traditional Entities

11 Collaboration Among Stakeholders

12 Prenatal Work Group Prenatal Work Group focused on the time period from pre-conception to hospital discharge post-partum.

13 In-Home Work Group In-Home Work Group focused on providing support to families as they raise their children, birth to age eight, in the home environment.

14 Early Care & Education: Birth to Five Work Group This work group addressed early care and education issues of children ages birth to age five who are in out-of-home settings. These settings included child care programs, Head Start, public preschool programs and “kith and kin” care.

15 Early Care and Education: School-Age Work Group This work group examined the needs for before and after school child care.

16 Professional Development Work Group This work group focused on: Personnel serving children birth to age 5 Personnel working across all early care and education settings (e.g., Head Start, Early Intervention, Preschool, Child Care) Personnel at all levels of education and training

17 Public Awareness Work Group This work group addressed issues related to all other work groups. Objectives: Inventory - what are we doing now? Needs Assessment - what are the communication challenges? Recommendations - what is the best vehicle for the message?

18 Grass Roots Driven

19 Location of Ten Community Forums Covington Somerset Lexington Owensboro Bowling Green Paducah Madisonville Louisville Prestonsburg Morehead

20 Advocate Activities Early Childhood Task Force (March – July 1999) Prenatal Workgroup In-Home Workgroup Early Care and Education (birth – five) Workgroup Early Care and Education (school-age) Workgroup Professional Development Workgroup Public Awareness Workgroup 10 Community Forums

21 Advocate Activities (Continued) HB 706 KIDS NOW Legislation (February – April 2000) Postcards To Legislators Early Childhood Display in Tunnel On-site Visitation With Legislators Phone Call To Legislators KAECE/Child Care Resource and Referral Alerts Weekly Meeting With Advocates

22 Advocate Activities (Continued) Implementation (July 2000 – Present) Quality Rating System Workgroup (July – September 2000) 6 Community Forums Professional Development Council Core Content Workgroup (August 2000 – February 2001) Training Workgroup (August 2000 – February 2001) Credentials Workgroup (August February 2001) Articulation Workgroup (August 2000 – February 2001) Scholarship Workgroup (July 2000 – Present) 10 Community Forums

23 Advocate Activities (Continued) Child Indicators Project Birth to Three Workgroup (June February 2002) Three to Five Workgroup (March February 2002) K-4 Workgroup (Fall of February 2000 State Conferences KAECE/Head Start Collaborative Annual Conference Infant Toddler Annual Conference Early Childhood Annual Conference School-Age Annual Conference Working With The Media Newspaper Articles in Major Papers

24 Advocate Activities (Continued) Working With The Media Newspaper Articles in Major Papers Appearance on Radio and TV Issue Programs Press Conferences Op Ed Pieces by Unusual Suspects

25 Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development 700 Capitol Avenue, Room 133 Frankfort, KY Dr. Kim F. Townley, Executive Director Teri Mehler, M.S., Executive Assistant

26 Challenges Budget/Economy Political Climate


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