Early Childhood Regional Training Center

The training centers were established in 1987 as a unique service delivery for training, technical assistance, consultation and lending of materials. They were established to provide services to local school districts for early childhood programs for special needs and at-risk children ages three to five. The centers provide peer-to-peer services which research shows is the most effective approach for working with local school district and agency personnel. The staff from the five (5) Regional Training Centers provide assistance to the local school districts and other service providers in the implementation of the preschool component of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, State Funded Preschool. The RTC's emphasize the importance of early childhood as the foundation for future success throughout the school years. We nurture the philosophy of federal legislation, which states "We must make sure that every child enters school ready to learn - every child - not just one, not just a few, but every single child." 

School Districts Served by Simpson County
Early Childhood Regional Training Center

Adair CountyElizabethtown IndependentMonroe County
Allen CountyGlasgow IndependentOhio County
Barren CountyGrayson CountyRussell County
Bowling Green IndependentGreen CountyRussellville Independent
Breckinridge CountyHancock CountySimpson County
Butler CountyHardin CountyTaylor County
Campbellsville IndependentHart CountyTodd County
Caverna IndependentLaRue CountyWarren County
Cloverport IndependentLogan CountyWest Point Independent
Cumberland CountyMeade County
Edmonson CountyMetcalfe County


Training Venue and Dates

ECERS-3 Training for ALL 
December 13, 2019
Training Time:  8:30-2:30 CST 
Working Lunch - Lunch will be provided
Cave City Convention Center
Autism Training 3 day commitment - No longer accepting participants at this time.  

Day 1 - Franklin-Simpson SKY-CTC, October 18, 2019
Day 2 - Cave City Convention Center, December 6, 2019
Day 3 - Cave City Convention Center, January 24, 2020
Training Time: 9-3 CST
Math Training 4 day commitmentDay 1 -  November 15, 2019
Day 2 - January 17, 2020
Day 3 - February 14, 2020 
Day 4 - March 20, 2020
Training Location:  Irvington Elementary School
1 Wildcat Way, Irvington,KY 40106 
Phone (270) 756-3051
Training Time:  8:30-3:30 EST
New Coordinator Training
September 10, 2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm CST - Bob Kirby Branch Library
Spring 2020 Administrator Meeting
March 17, 2020 - 9:00 am to 3:00 CST - Cave City Convention Center
Assistive Technology Training with Dr. Betsy FlenerOctober 23, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 CST - Bob Kirby Library, Bowling Green, KY
Language, Literacy and Children with Special Needs Part A
November 8, 2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 CST- Cave City Convention Center
Language, Literacy and Children with Special Needs Part B
April 17, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 CST- Cave City Convention Center
Interactions within the preschool classroom (Conscious Discipline) This training will focus on staff to student and peer to peer interactions.  
(Training for Preschool Teachers only)
Presented by - Angela Fraley, Conscious Discipline Consultant
May 1, 2020 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm CST - Cave City Convention Center

Preschool Coordinator's Manual

2019-20 Preschool Dates to Remember
Kentucky Department of Education Contact List 
Preschool Coordinators - State List
Preschool Coordinators - Simpson County RTC Region
Early Childhood Regional Training Centers
Preschool Consultation Request
Early Childhood Mental Health Program (ECMHP)
Early Childhood Services Access Guide
First Steps
Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) 
Parent Resource Centers
Preschool Program Outline
Preschool Program Approval Form
Public Preschool Enrollment Requirements
State Funded Preschool Current Rates
Income Chart for 160% of Poverty - 2019
Age Eligibility Requirement
Household Income Verification Form
704 KAR 3:410. Preschool Education for Four-Year-Old Children
702 KAR 3:250. Preschool Grant Allocation
704 KAR 3:015. Kentucky All STARS for Preschool Programs
KRS 157.3175 Eligibility for free preschool education
Facility Requirements for Preschool Programs
Guidance for Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Worksheets, Test Sheets and Dittos
Clarification on Waiting Lists, Classroom Cap Size, Professional Development
Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools
School and Child Care Immunizations
State Vaccine Requirements from the National Vaccine Information Center
School Health Forms
Bus Driver and Driver Assistants
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: School Bus Safety
Guideline for the Safe Transportation of Preschool Age Children in School Buses
KRS 156.160 - Promulgation of administrative regulations by Kentucky Board of Education
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Head Start Participation in the NSLP or CACF
Lunch Income Eligibility Guideline
Substitute for Milk Policy
Kentucky Wage and Hour Laws
Lead Teacher Breaks
Public Playground Safety Handbook
Administrative Regulations and Federal IDEA Regulations for Special Education
Compliance Record Review Document
Guidance on 707 KAR 1:350 - Placement Decisions, Class Size, Case Load for Resource Teachers
707 KAR 1:320 - ARC Membership
Criteria for Identification of Developmental Delay
Special Education Forms: Eligibility Determination
Developmental Delay Eligibility Determination Form
Speech or Language Impairment Determination Form
First Steps Referral Process
Kentucky System of Intervention (KSI)
Child Find/Kentucky System of Intervention (KSI) Preschool Toolkit
Criteria for a Model KSI School
Referral for Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation Form
IEP Guidance Document
Special Education Data Standards - IEP/PSP
Special Education Data Standards - Preschool
Decision Tree Tool (for reporting Least Restrictive Environment for children with IEPs)
OSEP Clarification on LRE Requirements
Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
IDEA Compliance Record Review Document
Early Childhood Resources
First Steps Transition: Part B Special Education Fact Sheet
First Steps Policy and Procedures: Transition
First Steps Notice of Transition
First Steps Notice of Referral to LEA and KDE
Referrals by IDEA Part C First Steps to IDEA Part B Preschool Programs
Disabilities Q&A
Approved Contractors List
Preschool Contract Guide and Application
Spring Preschool Questions: Transition to Primary, Summer Programming for Preschoolers with Disabilities
Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services
National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC)
Kentucky Deaf Blind Project
KPES Groups for Simpson County Region
KPES Overview
KPES Full-Cycle Review Form
KPES Mid-Cycle Review Form
KPES Documents to Upload
Indicator 7 Cheat Sheet
IDEA Compliance Record Review Document
Statewide Consolidated Monitoring
Environmental Rating Scale Institute (ERSI)
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards
Consumer Product Safety Commission: Public Playground Safety Manual
Assessment Tool and Training Modalities for Kentucky
Checklist for New KEDS Online Administrators
Common Mistakes for Kentucky Preschool Districts for OSEP Reporting
KEDS Online User Guide
KEDS Frequently Asked Questions
Brigance: Kentucky's Common Kindergarten Screener
Kindergarten Screen Frequently Asked Questions
Recommended Measures in Early Childhood Screening
Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics (KCEWS)
Early Childhood Profiles from the Kentucky Center for Statistics
RTI Preschool and Intervention Tab
Education Professional Standards Board
Preschool Lead Teacher Compliance Guidance
16 KAR 2:040 - Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Birth to Primary
16 KAR 2:140 - Probationary Certificate for Teachers of Children, Birth to Primary
704 KAR 3:420 - Preschool Associate Teachers
New Teacher Orientation Training Manual
Paraeducator Requirements
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Certificate Brochure
IECE Probationary Teacher Orientation Training and Professional Development Documentation Form
Probationary IECE Certification and Option 6 University-Based Alternative Route to Certification
Educator Tuition Assistance Opportunities
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education MAT Program
Preschool Guidance: Professional Growth & Effectiveness System (PGES)
School Readiness in Kentucky
"Is Your Child Ready" School Readiness Brochure
Governor's Office of Early Childhood
KRS 157.318 - Network of Regional Training Centers
Monthly Messages
Superintendent's Toolbox
Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start State Collaboration
Head Start Full Utilization
Certificate of Head Start Full Utilization
Kentucky All-STARS
All-STARS Standards of Quality
Strengthening Families
Early Childhood Standards
Early Childhood Standards Overview
Early Childhood Quality Self Study Overview
Early Childhood Continuous Assessment Overview
Governor's Office of Early Childhood : Tools and Resources
Community Resources
HB 706 - Advisory Councils: Community Early Childhood Councils
Kentucky Early Childhood Continuous Assessment Guide
Guidelines for Home Visits
Parent Guide Tip Sheet for Professionals Working with Parents
Parent Guides