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Early Childhood Council







The vision for Kentucky is that all young children in Kentucky are healthy and safe, possess the foundation that will enable school and personal success, and live in strong families that are   supported and strengthened within their communities.

~Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood


Mission - The mission of the Council is to work and collaborate with community partners to improve the quality of early care and education of children and families in Clinton County.

Vision - The Clinton County Community Early Childhood Council shall:

  • Promote school readiness for children by building innovative and collaborative partnerships within the community and state and supporting learning environments, supporting families and providing access to data.
  • Be an intermediary to bring together community and state members in to support issues of importance to children, families and providers by acting in response to the distinctive needs of our community.

Quality Care and Education Matters

Research shows strong correlation between high quality care and education and improved child outcomes.

What’s the Point?

In Kentucky, we believe that the early years are the most important years.  This means that we believe in the value of investing in our youngest  children so that we can ensure the future of our youngest citizens.

Many aspects of a child’s life lead to school readiness.  Early experiences can help a child to be more prepared to be ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed.

Ready to Grow

Ready to Learn

Ready to Succeed



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Curriculum Available:  1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!; Read Together, Talk Together; Berlitz English Beat; Parents on Board; Theme-Based Enrichment Kits. (Contact the Clinton County Public Library.)  Items will be added as funds are available.



Contact Information

Sandra Pharis

819 Third Street

Albany, KY  42602

606-387-5828 Ext. 195


contact any council member below…


Clinton County

Community Early Childhood Council

Sandra Pharis, (Chair) FRYSC

Shannon Beaty, (Co-Chair) HANDS

Christy Nuetzman, (Sec.) UK Extension

Terry Aaron (Fin. Sec.) Childcare Provider

Jane Schwenke  Childcare Provider

Charlotte Bernard, (Fiscal Agent) CCBOE

Lisa Jarvis, Head Start

Lora Brewington, Family Medical Centers

Amanda Cannon, Early Head Start

Rachael Corriveau, Child Care Aware

Alisha Derryberry, Clinton Co. Public Library

Donna Forbes, CCA

Sandra Guffey, Twin Lakes FWC

Wayne Hughes, Migrant Program

Tina Langford, Early Childhood Center

Michelle Lowe, UK, HDI

Frankie Norris, Childcare Provider

Shirley Roberson, LCDHD, CCHC

April Speck, Parent

Judy Tallent, Clinton Center, SCC

Gina Thacker, Childcare Provider











For information about financial assistance, health insurance, finding work, housing assistance, and much more, visit:  http://www.assistance.ky.gov/.

You can also find a list of hotlines at:  www.chfs.ky.gov/hotline.