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Every child can have a strong start when families, communities and schools work together.


We aim to ensure the best early care and education so that every child in Boyle and Mercer counties is ready for kindergartenWe support collaborative community partnerships to implement evidence-based strategies that address local early childhood needs.

Kindergarten readiness means children enter school with basic skills that will help them learn and play in the classroom. Learn more here!


Our membership includes representatives from the education and early intervention sector including all public school districts located in Boyle and Mercer County, our local Head Start, and our regional office of First Steps.

To represent the childcare sector, we have members from our regional offices of ChildCare Aware and Child Care Health as well as a number of individual childcare providers.

From both Boyle and Mercer Counties, we have public partners including UK Cooperative-Extension Offices, Health Departments, and Public Libraries. 

We also partner with local organizations, businesses, and civic organizations including Heart of Kentucky United Way, Ephraim McDowell Health, Centre College, Danville Parks and Recreation, Art Center of the Bluegrass, Whitaker Bank, Plaid Elephant Books, the Gladys Project, Danville-Boyle Early Childhood Alliance, Kiwanis, and Rotary.

We welcome others to join. Please email chair@hkykids.org.

Funding & Donations

We receive funding from the Kentucky Governor's Office of Early Childhood, local donations, and grants.

Donations for all programs:
Boyle County Health Department
P.O. Box 398
Danville, KY 40423-0398
Write "Heart of KY Kids" on the memo line.
These donations are not tax deductible (we are not a 501(c)(3) organization).

Donations for Dolly Parton Imagination Library:
Heart of KY United Way
118 North 3rd St.
Danville, KY 40422
DPIL libraries in Boyle and Mercer County are funded separately. Please indicate which library your donation should go toward by writing "DPIL: Boyle" or "DPIL: Mercer" on the memo line.
Donations to DPIL are tax deductible as they go to the Dollywood Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization.