The Butler-Edmonson Community Early Childhood Council serves two rural counties in south-central Kentucky. According to the US Census data estimates of 2015, Butler County has a population of 12,938 and covers 426 square miles. Edmonson County is very similar as their census data reported a population of 12,007 over 303 square miles. The two counties have contiguous borders and are within the Barren River Area Developmental District.
The 2016 Early Childhood Profile data sheets indicate that there are a total of 1,318 children under the age of five-years old within both counties. These same profiles reflect that the number of children deemed “ready” for Kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year were at 50% ready in Butler county and 45.5% were ready in Edmonson County.
Within these two counties, there are currently eight regulated early childhood programs. Of these eight: two are Head Start programs (licensed Type I) run by the Community Action Agency, which operates one in each county. Four of these eight programs are Type I licensed child care centers, one of these has just opened in January 2016; two of the three programs serve infants through school-age, while two serve children two through school-age. There is one licensed Type II family child care home and one Certified family child care home. The Early Childhood Profile shows that of these eight programs, six are currently participating in the STARS for Kids Now Quality Rating System (75%).