J. Michael Clyburn Named Director of Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) J. Michael Clyburn has been named director of the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute.

Clyburn has served for 25 years in various education administration roles, including faculty member, department chair, dean, provost and college president. During his career, he planned and launched preschools in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has also supported professional development opportunities for teachers in Kentucky and surrounding states.

The mission of the Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services assures that the partnership enhances high quality services for children and families through active engagement in collaborative research and professional development. The partnership provides programs to support child care providers across the state in implementing high quality services through Child Aware of Kentucky. In addition, the partnership works collaboratively with the Kentucky Early Childhood Data System, Online Learning for Child Care teachers, School Ready Libraries, Stars Plus, and National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives.

The Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services partners with the Kentucky Division of Child Care, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Child Care Aware of America, Frank Porter Graham Institute of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, the Human Development Institute and the UK College of Education.

"It is a privilege to work with dedicated partnership staff who diligently serve across the Commonwealth to assure the quality and positive impact of Kentucky early childhood services," Clyburn said. "I am also thankful for the work of Dr. Beth Rous, faculty member in the University of Kentucky’s College of Education, who has given stellar leadership to the development of partnership programs and services."

"The partnership has a bright future as it serves under the quality expansive umbrella of the Human Development Institute and works closely as a strong partner of the Kentucky Division of Child Care. The mission of the partnership is a high calling as it continues to serve Kentucky and the wonderful children of the Commonwealth.”

Find out more information about programs and services for Kentucky parents and providers at www.kentuckypartnership.org/

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