Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground PDF - White Paper

In May 2015, the Andrus Center for Public Policy and the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research had the great privilege to cohost Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground. Members of our organizing committee represented organizations from across the business community and political spectrum. Our common goal was to seek an Idaho solution to the serious problem that almost half of Idaho’s children enter kindergarten without the educational foundation they need to be successful. Read the white paper generated from this conference.

Idaho Kids Count Link - idahokidscount.org/

Idaho KIDS COUNT is a nonprofit organization engaging citizens and policy makers in nonpartisan, research-based discussions to improve outcomes for Idaho’s children.

Since 1994, Idaho KIDS COUNT has tracked the status of children in our state by collecting the best available data on child well-being. We make a variety of indicators available and searchable on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

We also follow the policy issues facing our state and bring research to those conversations. We focus on three main issue areas affecting children: Education Health & Safety Family & Economics

Building Strong Foundations PDF - 2017 Policy Brief

Early Learning, Strong Communities and a Strong Economy

Policy Perspective

Currently, Idaho does not invest in early learning, except in the case of special needs children. This brief outlines how increased access to early education in Idaho would increase student achievement, strengthen communities, and save public dollars.

The Early Years

A child’s brain develops most rapidly between birth and age 5. These early years lay the foundation for later learning and development. These years are also the most effective time to invest in learning, and physical and social health. Strong foundations prepare children to be productive adults. While early exposure to chronic stress, abuse, or neglect can harm development, appropriate learning environments and quality care influence social, emotional, and intellectual development in ways that strengthen the networks of a child’s brain...   Read More

Idaho Voices for Children Link - idahovoices.org

Idaho Voices for Children was formed in November of 2004 to address the need for a coordinated statewide effort that would establish a policy agenda that would result in improved quality of life for all children and teens across Idaho. The group promotes policies that ensure each of our state's youth has an advocate and representation in the laws that protect and support them.

Idaho Voices for Children advocate that policy makers will elevate economically stressed families with young children as a policy priority when: relevant issues are understood and framed towards widely held values, they are provided realistic and cost-effective solutions, and there is a ground swell of public support and effective advocacy.

NAEYC Action Center Link - http://www.naeyc.org/policy/action

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Education Commission on the States Link - www.ecs.org

Your education policy team.

When it comes to the challenge of improving education, state policymakers need a trusted source to provide clear, concise, factual and unbiased information on education issues ranging from early learning to postsecondary. Education Commission of the States is the trusted source for comprehensive knowledge and resources on hundreds of education policy issues.

Browse by education issue, legislation, search their knowledge base for any topic, even chat with them live!

New America EdCentral Link - www.edcentral.org/

Ed Central is written by the staffers on the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program. The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

Their program uses original research and policy analysis to solve the nation’s critical education problems, serving as a trusted source of objective analysis and innovative ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large.

Raising of America Link - www.raisingofamerica.org/

The Raising of America is an ambitious documentary series that seeks to reframe the way we look at early learning. It shows how a strong start can impact our children's growth, development and learning.

Child Care Aware Link - childcareaware.org

Child Care Aware envisions a nation that supports the development and learning of all children. Visit Child Care Aware® of America's action center to take action to strengthen child care laws affecting children.

Every Child Matters Link - everychildmatters.org

The Every Child Matters Education Fund is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public policy during federal and state campaigns. On this website you will find simple to use data about the needs of children in every state, the results of our many polls, links to numerous specialized resources, pending federal legislation and much other information.

Visit Northwest Bulletin - Family and Child Health for information specific to northwest children's health issues.

Children's Defense Fund Link - childrensdefense.org

The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. The Children's Defense Fund has never taken government funds.

Child Welfare League of America Link - www.cwla.org

The Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. It is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm. The CWLA sponsors the National Center for Research and Data, available on their website.

Child Trends Databank Link - childtrendsdatabank.org

Child Trends is the one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research on over 90 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month. Provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 20 years.

They offer:

  • Child Trends Databank Continuously updated trend data with the latest national estimates for all indicators
  • Plain language reporting on trends and population subgroup differences informed by existing research
  • Color graphics and tables that can be downloaded directly into reports and presentations
  • PDF files for each indicator containing text, graphics, and tables in a concise and attractive format

John W. Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities Link - jgc.stanford.edu

JGC envisions communities committed to the development and nurturing of all young people so that they are actively learning, connected and contributing to community renewal.

Center on the Developing Child Link - developingchild.harvard.edu

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was founded in 2006 on the belief that the vitality and sustainability of any society depend on the extent to which it expands opportunities early in life for all children to achieve their full potential and engage in responsible and productive citizenship.

The center views healthy child development as the foundation of economic prosperity, strong communities, and a just society, and our mission is to advance that vision by using science to enhance child well-being through innovations in policy and practice.

The Heckman Equation Link - heckmanequation.org

Research. Data. Lectures. Advocacy. The Heckman Equation is a great resource to promote the value of investing in early childhood development.

Early Care and Education Consortium Link - ececonsortium.org

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) is an alliance of America's leading national, regional, and independent providers of high-quality child care and early learning and development programs for young children. ECEC was formed in 1999 to create a provider voice to shape public policy in support of high-quality care and education for children and families. ECEC is the only national organization exclusively representing the voice of child care providers on Capitol Hill and in the states. ECEC represents those who implement the policies created in Congress and in the states.