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Super Stars

Rolling out the Red Carpet for Kentucky's Early Childhood Leaders

The Kentucky Super Stars Leadership Academy (KSSLA) is a leadership development program for Early Childhood professionals.  It is part of Kentucky’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant from the US Department of Education to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC).  GOEC asked OVEC to create and implement KSSLA based on our track-record of success in Early Childhood Education, Head Start, and Early Head Start. 

Using grant funds, there is no cost for participation and KSSLA reimburses participants for mileage, some meals, and provide lodging while traveling to and from the events.  KSSLA also reimburses employers for substitutes up to $100 per day when Super Stars are away from their work sites to participate in the program..


Cohort II –Fall Regional Leadership Forums Schedule




September 15

Forum 1 – Berea & Ashland

Northeast Christian Church
990 Star Shoot Pkwy
Lexington, KY

September 22

Forum 1 – Calloway

James E Bruce Convention Center
303 Conference Center Drive
Hopkinsville, KY

September 29

Forum 1 – Simpson

230 Technology Way
Bowling Green, KY

October 27

Forum 1 – Anderson

Crowne Plaza
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY

December 1

Forum 2 - Calloway & Simpson

230 Technology Way
Bowling Green, KY

December 8

Forum 2 - Anderson, Ashland & Berea

Embassy Suites Lexington
1801 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY


Meet the Super Stars

We selected more than 200 Early Childhood Leaders to participate in KSSLA and divided the program into two cohorts.  Application was open to Early Childhood professionals from public and private preschools and Kindergartens, Head Start, Early Head Start, private childcare programs, and advocacy groups.

In evaluating applications, we asked: 

  • How have they already been involved in Early Childhood Education through work or volunteer experiences?
  • What best practices do they use in their work and why did they choose those practices?
  • What do they want to learn about Early Childhood Education to be even better at their jobs?
  • How might they share what they learn with others

Applicants also provided two references, a statement of support for participation from his or her supervisor, and a commitment to make time to participate in all of the KSSLA programs and activities.  A team of reviewers selected the participants.

Read a roster of the members of Cohort I.   

Read a roster of the members of Cohort II.   


What are the Super Stars Learning & Doing?

The Super Stars are:

  • Setting goals and developing a personal and professional Leadership Action Plan
  • Working with a mentor to meet personal and professional goals
  • Creating the best learning environment for all students
  • Identifying and implementing the best instructional strategies to increase school readiness
  • Engaging with parents to help them be the primary teachers of their children
  • Building collaborative partnerships
  • Mentoring others


Meet the KSSLA Team

  • Alicia Sells, OVEC’s Director of Innovation, is the KSSLA Project Manager.  Reach her at asells@ovec.org
  • Dr. Molly Sullivan is the KSSLA Leadership Development Mentor.  Dr. Sullivan develops the training programs along with four Regional Leadership Mentors. Reach Dr. Sullivan at msullivan@ovec.org
  • Andrea Skaggs is the Administrative Assistant for KSSLA.  Andrea will answer questions about KSSLA events, reimbursements, training credit, etc. at askaggs@ovec.org

The four outstanding Regional Leadership Mentors coaching and guiding KSSLA participants are:

Read more about Molly, Pam, Kathy, Jamie, and Sara.