• Project SCOPE Online Training Series

    Project SCOPE Online Training Series

    The UK Human Development Institute Project SCOPE online training series (nine sessions) is for early care staff who work directly with young children who have neonatal abstinence syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or are affected by substance abuse, and their families. Providers from child care, Head Start, preschool, home visiting, and related programs are encouraged…

  • Kentucky awarded an OSEP Educational Leadership Grant

    Kentucky awarded an OSEP Educational Leadership Grant

    The Kentucky LEADS (Leading, Educating, Advocating-Directors of Special Education) Academy grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) focuses on leadership development, recruitment and retention.  In partnership with UK’s Human Development Institute, Kentucky’s Part C, Early Intervention Services, Morehead State University, Western Kentucky University, and Murray State…

  • HDI Program Administrator to serve as Co-Investigator for IMLS National Libraries Leadership Award

    HDI Program Administrator to serve as Co-Investigator for IMLS National Libraries Leadership Award

    Dr. Caroline Gooden, Disability Program Administrator at the UK Human Development Institute, will serve as a Co-Investigator for the “Services for Children of All Abilities in Libraries: An Exploration (SCALE) project”. She will collect and analyze state-wide child data to measure child progress; consult with and coach local, state, and national staff that serve young…

  • Mary Howard selected a Children’s Mental Health Champion

    Mary Howard selected a Children’s Mental Health Champion

    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) with support from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has selected Mary Howard, HDI Research and Development Associate for Early Care and Education, as a Children’s Mental Health Champion. Mary is one of six people selected for this opportunity to serve as a state liaison to the…

  • 50th Anniversary Spotlight on Bethany Davis

    50th Anniversary Spotlight on Bethany Davis

    HDI is a community that deeply cares about the growth, development, and well-being of all people by ensuring they have resources and supports for high quality of life. Bethany Davis – Child Care Administrator How did you come to know HDI?I learned about HDI after being hired with Child Care Aware. How long have you…

  • HDI partnership receives AUCD grant to support Kentucky families

    HDI partnership receives AUCD grant to support Kentucky families

    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has awarded the UK Human Development Institute (HDI) the Innovative Community of Practice (CoP) on Parenting, Behavioral Concerns & Strategy grant. HDI will partner with the KY-Statewide Parent Information & Training Network (KY-SPIN) and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) to utilize Centers for Disease Control…

  • HDI 50th Anniversary Spotlight — Allie Rhodes

    HDI 50th Anniversary Spotlight — Allie Rhodes

    I was blessed to be a part of an organization that works to make life better for ALL individuals through collaboration with organizations across many different fields. Having won the Paul Kevin Burberry award is one of my greatest accomplishments because of what it represents. As described when I was presented the award, it is…

  • Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness Study

    Fund for Excellence Awarded for Teacher Effectiveness Study

    We’re excited to share that HDI is offering a Fund for Excellence grant this year entitled “Teacher Effectiveness Pilot,” led by Dr. Caroline Gooden, Growing Together Preschool’s (GTP) Director Cerise Bouchard, and Education Coordinator Denise Menshouse. The Teacher Effectiveness Pilot (TEP) will be conducted at Growing Together Preschool (GTP) in Lexington, with the full support of…

  • HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Work to Create School Ready Libraries

    HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) Work to Create School Ready Libraries

    By Mary Howard and Stephanie Meredith HDI and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) have worked for the past three years to prepare Kentucky libraries to be “School Ready Libraries” through funding  from a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant at the Institute of Museum and Library Science. To fulfill the goals of…

  • Spring Seminar: “Seeing STARS: Children with Special Needs in Early Care Settings”

    “This seminar is designed to engage staff from early care settings across Kentucky in new ways to see the ‘STARS’ in our young children with special needs. The seminar will review appropriate ways to identify and include children with special needs in their early care settings. We will introduce practical resources for screening, assessment, and…