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Parent Guides for Kentucky's Children Ages Birth - Four

The Parent Guides help parents identify daily activities they can do with their children to support their achievement of the Early Childhood Standards. The guides are available in both English and Spanish, online http://kidsnow.ky.gov, click on For Families then Your Child's Development.  Look for the Download the Parent Guides on the bottom right.

Child Care Aware Parent Network

Child Care Aware® Parent Network (CCAPN) is a free membership organization specifically for parents and those who care about and for children. The goal of CCAPN is to provide meaningful, relevant and important information about parenting and child care so our members will become well-informed child care consumers and well-connected advocates. CCAPN includes interactive resources that will bring together people who share a need to know more about how to purchase and use child care, and will come to share their concerns about access to safe, affordable and nurturing child care. www.ccaparentnetwork.org/

State Funded Services for Parents and Families of Young Children

  • 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. http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/firststeps.htm
  • Kentucky's Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Program was created in the fiscal year of 2003 as a component of the KIDS NOW Early Childhood Initiative. Parents can contact ECMH  when they have concerns about the emotional well being of their child. http://dbhdid.ky.gov/dbh/Early%20Childhood%20MH.asp
  • The Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for new and expectant parents. Families begin by meeting with a HANDS Parent Visitor who will discuss any questions or concerns about pregnancy or a baby's first years. Based on the discussion, all families will receive information and learn about resources available in the community for new parents. Some families will receive further support through home visitation up to the child's 2nd birthday. A referral can be made by the doctor’s office, the health department, a church, friends or family members. http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/mch/ecd/hands.htm