Kentucky Division of Early Childhood (KYDEC)

News and Information

The Kentucky DEC is offering a one year membership opportunity!  If you are an early childhood professional, the family member of a child with disabilities, or a student currently enrolled in an early childhood preparation program, and you are interested in joining us, please complete the membership application that is linked on this page. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity!  The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2017.

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What is KYDEC?

KYDEC is the Kentucky Division of Early Childhood programs of the Kentucky Council of Exceptional children.

Purpose of KYDEC

The purpose of the Kentucky Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children is to promote the welfare and education of exceptional children, prenatal through 8 years of age, and to promote the values, programs, practices, and resources of the Division for Early Childhood. Families, professional and paraprofessional personnel, students, and other persons interested in the education of exceptional children and youth are welcomed as members.



“Melinda Morgan, preschool teacher in Clay County Schools, was awarded the
KY DEC Outstanding Early Childhood Award at the 2016 Annual KY CEC Conference.”


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Executive Board

President – Julie Hart Rutland
President-Elect – Kristi Lunceford
Past President – Elizabeth McLaren
Secretary – Kristi Godfrey-Hurrell
Treasurer – Sonia Michael
CAN Coordinator – Leslie Hardman
Membership Chair – Nancy Lovett