Supporting Child Care From the Start

Opening up any type of child care program can be a challenge even harder if you are not familiar with the Kentucky Child Care System. Let us help guide you through the process with our tools and services to make it easier.

How We Can Help

Administrative Support

    • When you are opening a child care business, it can be overwhelming trying to create everything you need. But you don’t have to go at it alone or start from scratch. On our resource website, child care portal, you will find all the document templates you need to get started, including budgets, employee handbooks, job descriptions, lesson plans, emergency readiness guidelines, forms, policies, and procedures. You can find information on licensing, child development, the food program, KY All STARS, and federal regulations. Plus, child care portal users have access to a free job posting and national vendor discounts that can save you money on furniture and supply purchases.

Professional Development

    • Another piece of the puzzle that you always have to be on top of is professional development for you and your staff. The amount of professional development may vary based on many different factors, and it can be hard to remember all of those. Allow ECCTC to lower that burden and help you with unlimited professional development, including Orientation and ASQ-3 for all of your staff.

Professional Membership

    • ECCTC members receive discounts on training, and becoming a member of an early childhood professional organization can help you raise your KY All STARS score. We have professional memberships at the individual or center level.

Parent Referrals to Your Program

    • ECCTC has a comprehensive child care referral service for families looking for child care. By providing us with a full profile of your child care center or home, you are ensuring that families know what makes your center unique in the services you offer. Keep us regularly updated on any changes in your program.
    • Resources for Opening a Child Care Business

Apply to Open a Child Care Facility

Division of Regulated Child Care

  • The Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing child care facilities and certified family child care homes. View licensing regulations and download forms.

ECCTC's Child Care Portal

ECCTC’s Child Care Portal is devoted to providing resources on operating a child care business. It is a collaborative portal with everything you need, from handbooks and forms to policies and procedures.

All of the links and resources you need can now be found all in one place! No more searching! Work smarter instead of harder so you can be about the business of educating children.


    • KY state regulations (all of them in one place)
    • Job posting tools and posting to national job boards
    • How to hire & fire staff legally!
    • Interview Questions & Job Descriptions
    • Field Trip Planning
    • Parent Communications
    • Templates for daily schedules and reports
    • Save 20% at Discount School Supply and other national vendors!
    • Staff evaluation forms
    • ITERS, ECERS, & FCCERS guides
    • Social Media policy
    • Staff and Parent Handbooks
    • Budgeting templates

We are excited to announce the launch of Early Childhood Jobs in Southern KY!

  • This is a free service to all Child Care Portal members.
  • Create, post, and manage job openings.
  • Utilize job description templates & create your own workflow process for hiring
  • Instantly advertise your job openings on national platforms like Indeed, Linkedin, Google, Career Jet, Jobrapido, Adzuna, Oodle Marketplace, & Simply Hired.