Picture of a young boy with his head resting in his hands.

Kentucky’s newly revised Early Childhood Standards and Family Guides were officially launched at the Early Childhood Institute on June 21-22.

The Early Childhood Standards cover developmental domains for children birth to 4 years old. Each domain is an important area of child development and contributes to children’s overall readiness for success in school. First released in 2003, the standards are designed as a framework to assist parents, early care, intervention and education professionals, and administrators.

The revised standards include two new standards: Approaches to Learning and Technology. Approaches to Learning focuses on the skills and behaviors young children use to engage in learning. The Technology standard represents the safe use of technology by 3- and 4-year-old children to engage with others and learn about the world.

A new online tool is available for the early childhood standards, including alignment with the Kentucky Academic Standards, support for dual language learners, Google Translate, social media links and additional resources.

The Family Guides are a companion to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards, housed in the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. The Family Guides are aligned directly to Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards, as well as the best practices of Kentucky Educational Television’s Let’s Learn Kentucky.

Questions about Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and Family Guides can be emailed to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.