Child Care Funding at Risk - Action Alert!

From Executive Director, Beth Oppenheimer

There is a lot of information in the news about the Child Support Bill our Legislature tabled in committee just before the session closed. Most of the information focuses on the potential loss of $16 million in Child Support funding, $30 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), plus $205 million in payments the Idaho Child Support Office processes annually.

Child care funding could be at risk too. If the Child Support Bill is not passed, Idaho risks losing the TANF block grant. This block grant helps to support the child care subsidy and programs that improve quality child care in Idaho. Each year the State is allowed to transfer 30% (roughly $9 million) of the TANF funds into child care. The loss of these funds would jeopardize the child care subsidy for working parents which would in turn affect their ability to work. In addition, this could take a toll on child care businesses in Idaho as they rely on child care subsidy dollars from their families. You can see the ripple effect.

Write your legislator. The Idaho Legislature website provides a convenient way to identify your legislator and how to make contact: How To Contact Legislators.

Email the Governor's office with questions or comments at: governor@gov.idaho.gov.

For additional information, please see: So what exactly is Senate Bill 1067?.

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Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground

May 4, 2015 from 9:00 to 3:45
Riverside Hotel
2900 East Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID

Boise State University’s Andrus Center and the University of Idaho’s McClure Center are proud to co-host a nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children.

The two organizations have joined together to identify an Idaho approach to increasing the share of children who enter Kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life.

Continuing Education Units are available.

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We are celebrating National Week of the Young Child

April 12-18, 2015

This week is an opportunity to focus on the needs of Idaho's young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Find out what celebrations are happening this week!

City of Boise WOYC Proclamation
April 13 | 11am | Office of the Mayor, Boise City Hall | 150 N Capitol Blvd, Boise

Taco Tuesday Fundraiser
April 14 | 4-8pm | Downtown Boise Chipotle | 305 S 6th St, Boise

State of Idaho WOYC Proclamation
April 15 | 12pm | Idaho State Capitol Building | 700 West Jefferson Street, fourth floor, Boise

Week of the Young Child Celebration
April 18 | 12-3pm | Ann Morrison Park, 1000 North Americana Blvd, Boise

NIAEYC Week of the Young Child Art Show
April 12-18 | Coeur d’Alene

NIAEYC WOYC Ice Cream Social
April 15 | 6-7:30pm | Harding Family Center Gym, Coeur d’Alene

SRAEYC WOYC Children’s Day Out
April 13 | 11am-1pm | Boys and Girls Club, 999 Frontier Road, Twin Falls

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Idaho Public Television

WATCH - "The Business Case for Preschool: John Pepper"

Airs on IDAHO PBS: Friday, April 17, 2015 7:30/7:30 pm MT/PT

Host Marcia Franklin has a conversation with John Pepper, the retired CEO of Procter and Gamble. Pepper talks about why he believes it makes economic sense for state and local governments to help fund early childhood education.

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Idaho AEYC Employment Opportunity

IT Programmer Analyst

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) invites interested applicants for the full-time (40 hours per week) position of IT Programmer Analyst, to join our organization as we work to promote quality in early care and education. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for the IdahoSTARS project, this position is responsible for the continued development and maintenance of the Microsoft Access databases for the programs within the Idaho STARS project as well as performs the full range of application design, analysis, and programming functions.

Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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Apr 11, 2015

TVAEYC Spring Conference 2015, Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8am - 3pm, Oxford Suites in Boise, ID   Learn more ›

Apr 21, 2015

Every Child Ready to Learn, Tue April 21, 2015, 6pm - 9pm, Lee Pesky Learning Center, 3324 Elder Street, Boise, ID.  Every Child Ready to Learn Flyer. IdahoSTARS training hours awarded for attending. Register ›

Apr 24, 2015 -
Apr 25, 2015

EIAEYC Early Childhood Conference, Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015, Keynote by Lillian Hubler from Time to Sign. Register on line.   Learn more ›

May 2, 2015

Every Child Ready to Learn, Sat May 02, 2015, 8:15am - 11:15am, Lee Pesky Learning Center, 3324 Elder Street, Boise, ID.  Every Child Ready to Learn Flyer. IdahoSTARS training hours awarded for attending. Register ›

May 4, 2015

Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground, Mon May 04, 2015, 9am - 3:45pm, Riverside Hotel, 2900 East Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID.  A nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children. Register ›

May 16, 2015

Every Child Ready to Learn, Sat May 16, 2015, 8:30am - 11:30am, Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn 908 Specht Avenue, Boise, ID.  Every Child Ready to Learn Flyer. IdahoSTARS training hours awarded for attending. Register ›

Jun 6, 2015

Every Child Ready to Learn, Sat June 06, 2015, 8:15am - 11:15am, Lee Pesky Learning Center, 3324 Elder Street, Boise, ID.  Every Child Ready to Learn Flyer. IdahoSTARS training hours awarded for attending. Register ›

Jun 27, 2015

Every Child Ready to Learn, Sat June 27, 2015, 8:15am - 11:15am, Lee Pesky Learning Center, 3324 Elder Street, Boise, ID.  Every Child Ready to Learn Flyer. IdahoSTARS training hours awarded for attending. Register ›

Oct 15, 2015 -
Oct 17, 2015

North Idaho AEYC 2015 Fall Conference, October 15-17, 2015, Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.   Learn more ›

IdahoSTARS Training Calendar