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Free virtual Early Childhood Institute June 14-17

Enrollment is limited for professional development for early childhood educators

By Kim Saylor Brannock

Frankfort, KY - The Governor's Office of Early Childhood (GOEC), in partnership with Lakeshore Learning Materials, is taking registrations for a virtual 2021 Early Childhood Institute (ECI) June 14-17 from 6-8 p.m. EDT for early childhood educators. To register for the free professional development opportunity, go to

"A high-quality early care and education system is essential to preparing Kentucky children for learning in kindergarten through college and ultimately for success in the workforce. To support early childhood education, we have to first support and train the professionals who teach children from birth through 5 years of age. That is why it is so important for the commonwealth to offer the Early Childhood Institute," said Gov. Andy Beshear.

The ECI online sessions are limited to 150 participants each night and are targeted to all early childhood educators, including certified and licensed child care, family child care home, public pre-K, Head Start, directors and assistants. Participants may earn up to eight professional development credits free of charge for completing the sessions. Ron Mohl, the lead educational presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials, will focus on the importance of play in the learning process and the positive impact of early childhood educators on children.

"The Early Childhood Institute has a long track record of providing high-quality training to early childhood providers and it is evolving to better serve people who come to our early childhood trainings in the future," said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also is secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). "We listened to the early child care and learning professionals who have attended previous conferences and are now offering it free of charge, in the evenings when it is more practical for small-business owners to attend, targeted to smaller specific groups so the training is relevant to the participants and held throughout the year so it is easier to attend."

Instead of occurring during one week, the institute will take place throughout the year in smaller training sessions that focus on specific early child care professionals and have options for virtual and in-person sessions. The first ECI in June targets early childhood care and educators including certified and licensed child care, family child care home, public pre-K, Head Start, directors and assistants, and will kick-off the year-around sessions.

"By offering the first institute online and in the evenings, more early childhood educators and those who are small child care business owners, can participate in professional development opportunities," said GOEC Executive Director Amy Neal. "Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and so many virtual conferences and meetings in the last year, we realized that we can offer professional development opportunities in a variety of ways that are more flexible for partners with maximum impact."

For a summary of each of the four two-hour sessions, go to For more information about Mohl, go to

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