Please find information below concerning the new transition agreement between First Steps and the Kentucky Department of Education.
- Two new online courses are available for Kentucky First Steps providers, the Carolina Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers with Special Health Care Needs (3rd Edition) and Administering the HELP® 0-3 System.
Registration for each course is available anytime and is $20.00 payable by Visa or MasterCard only. Participants will then have until the end of the state fiscal year (June 30) to complete the course content and pass all quizzes at 80% or higher. Go to www.kentuckypartnership.org/registration for additional details and online registration.
- Secure Messaging System available to contact KEDS about an individual child.
What is KEDS?
The Kentucky Early Childhood Data System (KEDS) is designed to provide a data system that will allow teachers and providers at the local level to implement high quality curriculum-based assessments that inform instructional and classroom practices yet provide data at the regional/district and state level on the extent to which children are meeting the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards and OSEP Child Outcomes.
A more detailed description about KEDS and how it works is given in the About KEDS page.
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State Early Childhood Assessment Headlines
- Exciting developments in KEDS include district-level reporting of Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) child outcome results for children with IFSPs and IEPs on First Steps and KDE websites.
- KEDS is collaborating with state partners to develop KY standards-based reports.
National Early Childhood Assessment Headlines
- Child Outcomes Step by Step: Click here to view this video from the Early Child Outcome Center, as it illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.
- To help special educators and early interventionists in their task of implementing the updated regulations, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) have released a side-by-side comparison of the 2011 final Part C regulations, published on Sept. 28, to Part C regulations from 1999.
New to KEDS? To get started, look to the links on the left. Resources are available for Preschool and First Steps users, including webinars, an extensive user guide, the timeline for data entry and frequently asked questions.