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.
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.
The Kentucky Coalition for Early Childhood Environmental Education
The eeKCEE (e-e-kay-see) 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 receive emails regarding advocacy efforts, opportunities to participate in early childhood events, and commit to taking an active role in supporting 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.
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
Action Team Members
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