Early Childhood Institute

Early Childhood Institute 2021

Mark your calendars for the Early Childhood Institute 2021.  It will take place at The Galt House in Louisville from June 9-11.  

Early Childhood Institute (ECI) 2020 Online

Due to the coronavirus and the state of emergency, the Governor's Office of Early Childhood canceled the 2020 Early Childhood Institute scheduled for June 3-5. We are excited to offer this FREE alternative.

We will be offering national speakers online for you. The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) Online begins Tuesday, May 26th. Thereafter training will be available for asynchronous viewing. All of these offerings will provide you with professional development credit (ECE-TRIS and EILA). Click here for a link to The Governor's Office of Early Childhood's Facebook Events page.

Early Childhood Institute 2019 Year in Review

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI), early childhood education and professional development networking event, was hosted by the Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood (GOEC).

Where: Galt House Hotel in Louisville

When: June 19-21.

The mission of the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to empower professionals who shape the foundation to Kentucky's youngest children and their families.

"The Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood was ecstatic to host another successful Early Childhood Institute," said Linda Hampton, executive director of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood. "The GOEC is dedicated to educating early childhood care and education professionals to develop high-quality pathways to early care and education. Kentucky's children lay the foundation for all success throughout the Commonwealth, and the GOEC, through the Early Childhood Institute, will continue to do our part to prepare all Kentucky children for their future."

The GOEC has focused heavily on the development of the Early Childhood Institute during 2018. Since the first conference, the framework created for the 2019 Early Childhood Institute was to stress the importance of investing in Kentucky's youngest children by supporting those who impact them on a daily basis through comprehensive service delivery from birth to age five.

The theme of the 2019 institute focused on the motto: "Believe in Me KY."

  • 1,000 participants attended the institute in 2019
  • Attendees choose from 167 total Effective Instructional Leadership Act credit hours to fulfill their 18 credit hours for early childhood educator requirements.

"It was an honor to speak at this year's Early Childhood Institute and stand alongside educators who are committed to laying the foundation for the children of Kentucky," said Secretary Derrick K. Ramsey of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. "Thank you to every early childhood educator for your continued hard work and dedication in building the framework that will ensure Kentucky's children thrive in the future. Can't wait to see the success the Governor's Office of Early Childhood continues to bring!" Conference keynote speakers included former NFL Player and author Malcom Mitchell, Save the Children Action Network CEO Mark Shriver, and author Sonia Manazano, who plays "Maria" on Sesame Street. Each added a unique and personal perspective on the importance of early childhood education.

In addition to these speakers, the conference included various professionally lead breakout sessions and an early childhood professional roundtable of state and national early care and education leaders that discussed the continued momentum of early care and education within Kentucky.

For the first time, the Early Childhood Institute issued awards in four categories, based upon dedication and investment to early childhood care and education.

Awards included:

  • the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Award
  • Teacher of the Year Award
  • Director of the Year Award
  • Early Care Center Award

Early Childhood Institute 2018 Year in Review

The GOEC focused heavily on the development of the Early Childhood Institute (ECI) during 2018. The aim of the institute was to stress the importance of investing in Kentucky's youngest children by supporting those who impact them on a daily basis through comprehensive service delivery from birth to age five.

The theme of the institute focused on the motto: "Leading the way for kids of Kentucky." The approximately 1,500 participants who attended the institute in 2018 earned more than 14,400 Early Childhood Education clock hours and were awarded 3,028 Effective Instructional Leadership Act credit hours.