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Early Childhood

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Grow your early childhood program through environmental and outdoor education resources and networks.

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Discover the many benefits environmental and outdoor education can provide during early childhood.

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Join our coalition of individuals committed to supporting early childhood programs.

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Curriculum & Training

KAEE hosts multiple national curriculum programs that offer learning resources specifically for early childhood environmental education.

Upcoming workshops will be listed in the section below. If none are currently available, take a look at the KAEE Calendar to see all upcoming events. 

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Research Library

In addition to the Resource Hub offered by the Children & Nature network, they also offer an extensive Research Library. With its curated collection of research, you'll find more than enough evidence for why environmental, outdoor, and nature-based education is essential for early childhood-aged learners.

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The Environmental Education Kentucky Coalition for Early Childhood

The eeKCEC is a group of individuals who are committed to advocating for environmental, outdoor, and nature-based education to be integrated into early childhood programs and centers across the Commonwealth. By joining the coalition, you are showing your support for the educators and children. You will receive emails regarding advocacy efforts, updates on early childhood-focused events, and opportunities to take an active role in supporting the field of early childhood education.

Early Childhood Action Team

KAEE's Strategic Plan includes a key strategy around early childhood education: Support early childhood schools and centers in implementing additional outdoor time and environmental education experiences. To take action toward this strategy, KAEE formed its Early Childhood Action Team. This team meets virtually on a bi-monthly basis.

Leadership Team

Co-Chair: Jennifer Beach, Kenton County Public Library

Co-Chair: Meg Gravil, Eastern Kentucky University

Ashley Hoffman, KAEE Executive Director

Brittany Wray, KAEE Deputy Director

Interested in joining the action team?

Action Team Members

Wesley Bullock, Kentucky Environmental Education Council

Jeanine Huss, Western Kentucky University

Laura Johnson, Thrive Forest School

Olivia Kaiser, Louisville Nature Center & Swallowtail Forest School

Tina Kraska, Red Oaks Forest School

Gus LaFontaine, The Nature Schools

Rachel Patton, Bluegrass Greensource

Mary Sciaraffa, Eastern Kentucky University

Vickie Stayton, Western Kentucky University

Claude Stephens, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest

Kim Tabler, Children at Play Network & Sacred Heart Preschool

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