About Idaho AEYC
Advancing Idaho's Early Learning Profession
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) has a vision that all children thrive wherever they grow and learn.
The early years are a time of remarkable brain growth in children and lay the foundation for subsequent learning and development. Up-front investments in quality care and early education translate into direct returns for the state, our communities and society as a whole. Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education. We achieve our mission through two primary methods:
As the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), we offer membership to Idaho's early educators and child care professionals.
Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children, specifically related to early care and education. Members are supported across the state by four local AEYC affiliates which offer conferences, events, and trainings.
We proudly partner with the University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD), and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to offer the IdahoSTARS project.
The IdahoSTARS project is the state professional development system designed to increase the quality of child care and education programs by helping those who care for and teach young children to improve their skills and professional practice. Eligible child care providers and teachers can enroll in the IdahoSTARS Registry to access scholarships for training, mentoring, program assessment, accreditation, and education, including academic scholarships for those seeking college degrees in Early Childhood Education.
READY! for Kindergarten brings families training and tools to help young children develop strong brain connections that help them succeed in school. Through the support of The Children’s Reading Foundation and private funders and sponsors, Idaho AEYC supports families in almost 20 school districts throughout the state of Idaho.
READ Up encourages children to read during the summer months by providing free books and weekly story times for children birth to age eight in order to prevent the summer learning loss.