Educating Early Child Care Professionals

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Beth Rous

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“Research has shown that the educational level of early care and education professionals is an essential factor in the quality of services that young children receive. We are excited about the opportunity to conduct this research in an effort to impact overall child outcomes through their provider’s professional development and training.”

-- Beth Rous,
director of Community Education and Early Childhood,
Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 8, 2004) -- The Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute (IHDI) at the University of Kentucky recently was awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families to research the impact of a statewide, unified professional development system on the educational level of early care and education providers, subsequent classroom quality, and children’s outcomes.

The research will further build on the statewide evaluation of the state KIDS NOW Initiative. The Kentucky General Assembly passed the early childhood legislation known as KIDS NOW in 2000.

IHDI and the UK College of Education’s Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling and the University of Louisville, in collaboration with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Kentucky Division of Child Care, and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Development, will work together in this endeavor.

“Research has shown that the educational level of early care and education professionals is an essential factor in the quality of services that young children receive,” said Beth Rous, director of Community Education and Early Childhood at IHDI and principal investigator of the study. “We are excited about the opportunity to conduct this research in an effort to impact overall child outcomes through their provider’s professional development and training.”

The research design will include a multi-site, mixed methods design with 79 centers and 330 classrooms and teachers that represent three types of classroom settings: child care, Head Start, and state preschool.

For more information about the initiative, contact Beth Rous at (859) 257-9115. For more information about the Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, call (859) 257-1714 or visit www.ihdi.uky.edu.


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