Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
County Profiles Present Snapshot of Early Childhood Status

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
502-564-2611
 


Reports provide local early childhood information for community planning

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Parents, school districts and early childhood councils can use county-specific data released today to develop local strategies and improve outcomes for their children.

The 2015 Early Childhood Profiles, released by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC), provide communities local data to analyze where particular challenges and opportunities are to help their children arrive at kindergarten ready to do successful work.

“To ensure the best early care and education for our youngest citizens, we must meet the locally identified needs of children and families,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The Early Childhood Profiles report is a tool that can help communities assure that every child in the Commonwealth gets the best possible start in life.”

The reports include information about results from the 2014 statewide kindergarten screener, the quality and availability of child care and information about participation in publicly funded preschool, Head Start and child care. It also includes demographic data related to children in poverty, participation in social service programs, and key indicators of possible obstacles to success for young children and their families.

“It is our hope that this data will create local dialogue around improving results for Kentucky kids,” said Terry Tolan, executive director of the GOEC. “In order for children to succeed in school and in life, local communities need to address potential gaps early.”

This is the third year the Early Childhood Profiles were released by the GOEC in partnership with the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), the Kentucky Department of Education and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The 2015 Early Childhood Profiles can be accessed at http://kentuckyp20.ky.gov/reports/EarlyChildhoodProfiles/EarlyChildhood2015.aspx.

For more information about the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood or the Early Childhood Profile, visit http://kidsnow.ky.gov. You can also follow on Twitter @KYGEOC.

For more information about the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, visit http://kcews.ky.gov.

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