Kentucky Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Kentucky or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Kentucky Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Kentucky, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Visit Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C).

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Kentucky Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Kentucky early learning standards: Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services – Licensing

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Kentucky: Kentucky Early Childhood Standards

Kentucky Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Kentucky All Stars.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Kentucky state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Kentucky

Understanding the cost of child care in Kentucky is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Kentucky
Kentucky has some of the lowest child care costs in the United States. Infant care for a single child in a center-based program costs an average of $9,685 per year.

Child Care Affordability in Kentucky

Child care services in Kentucky are affordable compared to other areas of the United States, but still inaccessible for many families. A median household income family would spend approximately 10% of gross income on center-based infant care for one child.

More Information on Kentucky Child Care

Kentucky’s low housing and grocery costs make it a great place to start an affordable child care center. There’s plenty of opportunity to provide services to the community and help more parents join the workforce.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.