Early Learning Supporters Plan Event at the Capitol

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February 6, 2017 (Boise, ID) - Efforts continue to gain support for investments in quality early learning programs for Idaho’s youngest children. Research is clear that children with access to high quality early learning programs enter school better prepared than children who do not have these opportunities. At Early Learning Legislative Day, on Wednesday, February 8th, supporters will bring attention to the importance of early learning through an interactive BLOCK Fest for Idaho kids in the Capitol Rotunda.

Idaho ranks 50th nationally in the number of 3 and 4 year-olds enrolled in pre-school and one of a handful of state governments that does not provide state funding for pre-k. While there has been a renewed emphasis on education during the past few legislative sessions, advocates, teachers and business leaders see a need to bring more attention to the issue of early childhood education.

“We continue to see close to half of Idaho’s children entering kindergarten without the foundational skills they need for future success,” states Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC Executive Director. “We are seeing increased funding for early learning throughout most states across the country and it’s unfortunate that our children in Idaho don’t get those opportunities.”

Quality early learning programs impacts children’s learning experiences as they develop their academic, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Experiences during a child’s life, birth to age five can shape their future success and can help to close the achievement gap.

“We want all children in Idaho to have every opportunity to be prepared to enter school and succeed throughout their academic career. It’s time that we stop talking about it and take action by investing in quality early learning programs for all children,” concludes Oppenheimer.

Starting early provides a greater return. For every dollar invested in high quality, birth-to-five early learning programs there is a 13% return on investment down the road, finds The Heckerman Equation. Quality child care helps parents grow their income and children prepare for success in school and life.

More information can be found here.
The Heckman Equation Summary on: Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program


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CapEd Makes Kindergarten Readiness a Priority

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November 16, 2016 (Boise, ID) - CapEd Credit Union is giving back to the community with a $17,000 donation to the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children’s (Idaho AEYC) READY! for Kindergarten and READ Up programs.

CapEd will present the donation to Idaho AEYC during their November Board of Directors’ meeting tomorrow, November 17, at 4pm. The Idaho-based credit union promotes quality education as part of their mission and recognizes investing in early learning makes a huge impact on a child’s life.

Join us! CapEd and Idaho AEYC invite media to attend:
CapEd Donation Ceremony
November 17, 4pm
CapEd Credit Union - 275 Stratford Drive, Meridian.

Idaho AEYC’s READY! for Kindergarten program will provide parents with free workshops and tools to help young children develop the skills they need to succeed in school. CapEd’s $15,000 donation for READY! for Kindergarten will allow us to serve 50 Boise families, with children ages three to five.

“Parents who engage with their children at home can be one of the most influential teachers a child has,” says Idaho AEYC’s Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “By providing families with resources to help their children learn early literacy and math skills, they can feel much more confident their children will be ready to learn their first day of school.”

An additional donation of $2,000 will support our READ Up program. READ Up encourages children to read during the summer months by providing free books for children birth to eight in order to prevent summer learning loss.


CapEd Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving members throughout the state of Idaho. CapEd currently has eight locations in the Treasure Valley, and is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. For more information or to join the Credit Union, visit www.CapEd.com.

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New Horizon Academy Receives National Accreditation

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The New Horizon Academy’s Boise Avenue Center has earned recognition for the highest level of quality through accreditation with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC Accreditation represents the gold mark of quality in early childhood education and measures the early childhood program against 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.

“New Horizon Academy has worked very hard to show families in our community they value high-quality early learning,” says Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “Accredited programs represent the highest mark of quality in early childhood education and we are proud of their accomplishment.”

NAEYC is the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of care and education in early childhood programs. The 10 accreditation standards, created from research on young childhood development and input from educators around the country, focus on areas such as teaching, curriculum and leadership.

“We want to ensure our children receive the best possible early learning we can give them,” says Cammra Wakagawa, New Horizon Academy Area Director/Idaho District. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation was a challenge, but a goal we wanted to take on since accreditation standards are much higher than our local regulations.”

New Horizon Academy - Boise Avenue joins 20 other NAEYC accredited early childhood programs throughout Idaho. NAEYC Accreditation helps parents identify which early childhood programs offer high-quality, age-appropriate practices.


About Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)

The nonprofit Idaho AEYC is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. Idaho AEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

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Idaho AEYC to Strengthen Statewide Awareness of Importance of Quality Early Learning

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The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children will begin a three-year project to engage communities across Idaho regarding the importance of high-quality early learning programs for children.

Building Idaho’s Early Learning Foundation project is funded by a $450,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

“Access to affordable, high-quality early learning programs is a challenge for many families across Idaho,” said Beth Oppenheimer, executive director of Idaho AEYC. “The project begins by listening to parents to understand their current perception, wants, desires and knowledge around the importance of early learning. Once we know that, we can then strengthen community awareness around the importance of building foundational skills for school and increase local demand for access to high-quality programs for all children.”

Efforts of the project will focus on a three-year, statewide community outreach plan that will: research communities across the state to clearly understand their perceptions and understanding about high-quality early learning; educate parents, families and community leaders about the importance of high-quality early learning; and build awareness and support by local communities and state leaders to invest in high-quality programs for young children.

Research begins this year and will target both large and small populous communities throughout Idaho. The research findings will guide the development of long-and short-term communication plans to build community support for investments and opportunities in supporting our youngest learners.

“Every community throughout Idaho is unique and the approach to investing in early learning must meet the needs of our diverse population,” Oppenheimer said. “By understanding Idahoans true perceptions of quality early learning, we will be better prepared to develop a statewide infrastructure of early learning programs that will best fit each individual community’s needs.”


About Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)

The nonprofit Idaho AEYC is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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Giving Children Access to Books and Food Over Summer Break

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Marsing, ID – Children can’t learn if they are hungry. Couple it with the fact that many children in Idaho do not have access to resources, such as books, in their home to help them learn. To take it a step further, these issues are even more challenging during the summer months.

Food insecurity and summer learning loss are two critical challenges we face in our communities. In Idaho, one out of every five children are food insecure. In addition, research shows that in many of our communities, there are no books available at children´s homes. With no access to books, children can lose up to three months of what they achieved during the school year.

But, this summer is different in one Idaho community. Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is partnering with the Marsing School District to provide new books to children attending the Marsing School District Summer Meal Program. Twice a week when children get their lunch, they will also receive a couple of age-appropriate books they can take home and keep.

  • Monday, July 11, Idaho AEYC´s Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer will be at the Marsing City Park to engage with the community and share how important reading is to prepare children for school and prevent summer learning loss.
  • JOIN US! July 11, from 11:45am-12:15pm at Marsing City Park on the corner of 2nd Ave. West and 2nd St. North, Marsing, ID.
  • READ Up is offered on Monday and Friday at two locations: Marsing Housing Authority from 11-11:30am and at Marsing City Park from 11:45am-12:15pm.

The free books are part of Idaho AEYC´s READ Up program, an initiative of The Children´s Reading Foundation brought to Idaho through a grant that is reaching 18 school districts throughout the state. Over 15,000 books, including dozens of bilingual titles, will be distributed this summer through partnerships with summer meal programs, libraries, health services agencies, Head Start programs and others. For the complete schedule, see the READ Up Calendar

According to the 2014 Census, in Marsing, Idaho more than 25% of the population under 18 years of age lives in poverty and data from the State Department of Education shows that over 50% of the children enter school without the basic literacy skills for a successful first year of school.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

Idaho AEYC Governing Board Elect New Leadership and Members

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Boise, ID – The Idaho Association for Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) Governing Board is pleased to announce Genie Sue Weppner will become President on July 1, 2016. Weppner served as President-Elect prior to taking this role and has a long history of advocating for early learning. Before retiring, Weppner managed the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) and has over 15 years of experience working in the private non-profit sector.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to continue my work advocating for quality early learning,” says Genie Sue Weppner. “I’m especially pleased we have expanded our board leadership statewide and am hopeful the new energy will help transform early childhood education in Idaho.”

At its June 2016 meeting, the Idaho AEYC Governing Board expanded by welcoming seven newly-elected members and five new Local Affiliate Representatives. The new members’ experience and expertise will help the organization increase its impact on the early learning field and build-up statewide representation. Members are elected to serve 2-year terms.

“We are honored to have such a talented and passionate group of statewide individuals leading Idaho AEYC’s efforts to support improving early learning throughout Idaho,” says Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “We are very excited to get to work and become the next state to invest in our youngest children’s future.”

Newly-Elected Governing Board Members:

Danielle Taniguchi, Treasurer (Kuna, Idaho)
Taniguchi is Assistant Controller for Oppenheimer Companies, Inc. She earned two Bachelors of Business Administration, one in International Business and one in Human Resource Management from Boise State University.

Ruth Calnon, Member-at-Large (Boise, Idaho)
Calnon is a Family Engagement Consultant with the Boise Independent School District and has worked in the education field for over 35 years. Ruth holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instructions from Boise State University.

Janet Davis, Member-at-Large (Boise, Idaho)
Davis is the Co-Owner of Early Learning Children’s Center in Boise and has over 28 years of quality early care and education in the profession. Janet has advanced graduate studies in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Boise State University.

Jessica Gunder, Member-at-Large (Boise, Idaho)
Gunder currently serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law, graduating with honors.

Beth Price, Ph.D., Member-at-Large (Moscow, Idaho)
Price is an Associate Professor/Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Development and Education, at the University of Idaho in Moscow and has been in the field of early childhood for 33 years. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho.

Chase Ropelato, Member-at-Large (Boise, Idaho)
Ropelato is a Human Resource Specialist for Idaho Power in the Boise Corporate Headquarters. He earned his B.S. in Management and Human Resources at the University of Idaho.

Jennifer Ross, Member-at-Large (Hayden, Idaho)
Ross is currently a Center Manager for the Community Colleges of Spokane Early Head Start and is a state-approved trainer for child care professionals. Ross holds a M.Ed. in Special Education (Early Childhood) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

New Local Affiliate Representative Members:

Tonya Sears, Local Affiliate Representative-North Idaho (Post Falls, Idaho)
Sears is the Classroom Lead Teacher at the North Idaho College Head Start. She has a M.S. in Family and Consumer Studies from the University of Idaho.

Anji Armagost, Local Affiliate Representative-Treasure Valley (Boise, Idaho)
Armagost is serving as the Director for Nutrition Works, a sponsoring organization for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). She graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from Boise State University.

Ellen Neff, Local Affiliate Representative-Snake River (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Neff is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program at the College of Southern Idaho and has her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Studies with an Infant Mental Health endorsement.

Jennifer Patterson, Official Alternate, Local Affiliate Representative-Snake River (Jerome, Idaho)
Patterson currently works in the CSI Early Childhood Education Program as the Coordinator for the Toddler Lab, Preschool Lab, Kindergarten Lab and all-day Early Learning Center. She graduated from Idaho State University with her Blended Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Lynnie Pahis Anderson, Local Affiliate Representative – Eastern Idaho (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
Pahis Anderson is a partner at SMR Kids Care & Early Learning Center in Idaho Falls. She received an Associate of Applied Science degree from Idaho State University.

New Governing Board members will join Teresa Wood-Adams (Past President), Margaret Elkins (President-Elect), LeAnn Simmons (Member-at-Large) and Geneva Ayarra (Member-at-Large).

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In an Era of Growing State-funded Pre-K, Idaho Has None

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Many 3- and 4-year olds still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. While several states, including New York, made significant progress through a concerted effort to increase enrollment and funding and improve quality, progress is slow and uneven nationally and quality standards are particularly low in some of the nation’s largest states like California, Florida and Texas. Despite the relatively good news this year, the rate of progress is so slow that it will take 150 years for the nation to reach 75 percent enrollment in state pre-K even at age 4.

Idaho remains one of 8 states in the 2014-2015 year without a state-funded pre-K program. Pay for Success legislation (2015) passed that allows for private funders to invest in scaling up social programs. Early education could positively contribute to Idaho’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan by getting children ready for kindergarten.

“Idaho’s economic future depends on early investment in its youngest citizens,” said NIEER Director Steve Barnett. “Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality preschool can help to pave the way for their success in school, on the job, and in Idaho communities,” he said.

The State of Preschool report for the 2014-2015 school year, which includes objective state-by-state profiles and rankings, indicates that urgent action is needed from lawmakers at all levels of government to ensure that every child – particularly those from low-income families – have access to high-quality early education. For the first year, NIEER also analyzed states’ early education workforce and Dual Language Learner policies.

The report finds that for the nation as a whole, total state spending on pre-K programs increased by 10 percent, or $553 million, since the previous year, bringing state spending in 2014-2015 to over $6.2 billion. The number of children served by state-funded pre-K served increased by 37,167 in 2014-2105, bringing the total to almost 1.4 million children – the largest number of children ever served by state funded pre-K. With an average rate of $4,489, states also made one of the most significant increases in spending per child in recent history.

“We’re encouraged to see several states increasing in enrollment and improving quality, but access to high-quality pre-K in the United States remains low and highly unequal,” said Barnett. “Expanding access to quality pre-K programs is one of the best investments we can make, and it’s critical that we raise and standardize salaries for early education teachers and have strong Dual language Learner policies in states with large Hispanic populations. State governments should increase and stabilize funding for pre-K and raise standards for the benefit of all children.”

The State of Preschool Report reviews state-funded pre-K programs on 10 benchmarks of quality standards, including the presence of a qualified instructor, class size, teacher-to-student ratio, presence of an assistant, and length of instruction per day.

For more information on The State of Preschool 2015 yearbook and detailed state-by-state breakdowns on quality benchmarks, enrollment, and funding, please click here.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org.

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Idaho Groups Promote Turnout in Today’s Primary Election

by Suzanne Potter, Public News Service (ID) vepar5/iStockphoto

Today is primary election day for all non-presidential races in Idaho and many groups across the state are urging voters to make their voices heard.

The races to be decided include school bond measures, the makeup of the state Supreme Court, and many state legislators who could influence future decisions on issues like expanding health care and education funding.

Beth Oppenheimer, executive director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, says a new report shows Idaho is falling behind, as one of only five states that doesn't fund pre-kindergarten programs.

"There's a lot of contested races, and we want to make sure everyone we're voting for is supporting our youngest children," she says. "So, we're hoping in January that we will see new elected legislators take early childhood education seriously."

Idaho had record turnout for the presidential primaries in March, 227,000 Republicans and 24,000 Democrats. But during the last three presidential election years, the General Election turnout exceeded the state's primary turnout by more than 50 percent.

Kip Winter, a member of the Boise/Treasure Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters, says people who skip the primaries might not get candidates willing to work together for a functioning democracy.

"Only the candidates who are the best well-known or the most extreme will have enough turnout to win that nomination," says Winter. "And you might not get the kind of candidate who will be willing to work within the entire system."

Polls are open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, look online at Idahovotes.gov.

Apply for an Accreditation Grant

IdahoSTARS is offering multiple grant opportunities to help child care programs and home-based centers strengthen their quality of care through NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditation. Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded.

Benefits of being an accredited program:

  • Helps to build a stronger team of teachers, administrators and families working together to improve quality of care for children.
  • Improves standards for the overall program.
  • Recognition as a quality early childhood center that makes an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contributes to their health and development.

The grant funds can be used to pay accreditation fees and purchase equipment to meet accreditation requirements. Eligibility of these funds is limited to facilities already engaged in the accreditation or re-accreditation process.

Apply today! Accreditation Grants are not offered every year and funding is limited. Grant applications must be submitted by May 20.

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Thank You for supporting Idaho AEYC

By joining together, we are investing in our youngest children’s education and development.

We will continue to work towards a state where all children have opportunities to grow, learn and thrive in high-quality early learning programs.

With much appreciation,
Beth Oppenheimer
Executive Director 

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners

Idaho Celebrates Week of the Young Child

April 11, 2016 (Boise, ID) – Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) asks Idaho to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child™ (April 10-16, 2016). As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, Idaho is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

“Young children and their families depend on high-quality education and care, which help children get a great start and bring lasting benefits to Idaho,” said Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.”

Week of the Young Child™, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

Idaho AEYC Taco Tuesday Fundraiser
Tuesday, April 12 - Boise Co-op - 888 W Fort Street, Boise or 2350 N. Eagle Road, Meridian Idaho AEYC is partnering with the Boise Co-op to highlight the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise in young children. Idaho AEYC will receive a portion of the sales from any burrito or hot bar item throughout the day.

National Week of the Young Child Celebration
Saturday, April 16 at 12-3pm - Ann Morrison Park, 1000 North Americana Blvd, Boise Help Idaho AEYC celebrate National Week of the Young Child! This free, family-friendly event offers fun games for children (birth to 8 yrs) and valuable community resources for parents.

For more information on celebrations happening throughout the state, visit idahoaeyc.org/woyc.php.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

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Week of the Young Child Celebration

Saturday, April 16, 12-3 pm, Ann Morrison Park, Boise, ID

This FREE, family-friendly park event offers fun games for children (birth to 8 yrs) and valuable community resources for parents.

Connect with community programs and businesses to learn about summer camps, after-school programs, early literacy, healthy eating, child care, fishing licenses and more! Enjoy crafts, kid’s zumba, bicycle rodeo, obstacle courses and fishing games are just a few activities planned at over 30 booths. Plus, stop by Burgerlicious or Cool Intentions food trucks for a snack.

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Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground

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.

The white paper generated from this conference is now available on line. There are also bound copies available in the Idaho AEYC office. Stop by and pick one up - 4355 W Emerald St, Ste 250, Boise ID.

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All of Idaho deserves a choice

Idaho Statesman
Excerpts from article by Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC Executive Director

Idahoans love opportunities for choice. Many of us get to ultimately choose where we live, work, play, and we certainly value opportunities for choice when it comes to educating our children. Thankfully, Idaho has a variety of choices when it comes to schools and learning opportunities. Unfortunately, those choices are not available for all of Idaho’s children in their most formative years.

Affordable, high-quality early learning programs are few and far between in the Gem State. And, most high-quality early learning programs are outside the financial reach for most families. As a result, families are left with no choice if they want their children to participate in early childhood education...

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Early Learning Supporters Plan Day at the Capitol on February 10th

Events to Highlight Educational and Fiscal Benefits of Early Learning

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Children with access to high-quality early learning programs enter school ready and eager to learn. But many Idaho kids are missing out on early education opportunities and have to play catch up from the start. At Early Learning Legislative Day on Wednesday, February 10th, supporters will bring attention to the issue of early learning through a film screening, a rally on the Capitol steps and presentations to the House and Senate Education Committees. There will also be an interactive BLOCK Fest for Idaho kids in the Capitol rotunda...

But with Idaho ranking 50th nationally in the number of 3 and 4 year-olds enrolled in pre-school and one of a very few state governments not to financially support early learning, advocates, teachers and other leaders see a need to bring more attention to the issue of early education.

“Opportunities to participate in a high-quality early learning programs do not exist for the majority of children in Idaho,” states Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC Executive Director. ”The science is clear that a child’s brain develops most rapidly between birth and age 5. These early years lay the foundation for future learning and development.”

Idaho Voices for Children’s Policy Analyst Alejandra T. Cerna Rios sees early learning as providing fiscal benefits to the state, particularly when it comes to kids who are struggling or disadvantaged. “Every dollar invested in early learning saves taxpayers between $7 and $13 down the road. The longer we wait to intervene, the more costly it is to remediate. But the biggest benefit of high-quality early education is, of course, the confident and eager learners.”

Early Learning Legislative Day kicks off on Tuesday, February 9th, with the screening of The Raising of America in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Capitol. All other events are on Wednesday, February 10th, beginning with the BLOCK Fest in the rotunda during the morning. The rally on the Capitol steps will take place at noon.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

More information can be found at: http://www.idahoaeyc.org/earlylearningday.php

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Caped makes early learning a priority and offers free trainings to child care providers

Caped makes early learning a priority and offers free trainings to child care providers

January 12, 2016 (Boise, ID) - CapEd Credit Union is stepping up to support our youngest. The organization has taken to heart that over fifty percent of Idaho’s children are not Sign up prepared for kindergarten when they enter the classroom and believes that Idaho can do better. Through a partnership with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) and Lee Pesky Learning Center, CapEd is providing free Every Child Ready to Learn trainings for 180 Treasure Valley child care providers.

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Early Learning Legislative Day

Join Us - February 9 & 10

Rally for our Children - Join us February 9 and 10 to raise awareness for the importance of early learning and to take action towards a better future for all children. Quality early learning programs benefit our children, families and communities, today and tomorrow.

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New Boise Pre-K Puts Young Minds in Gear to Learn

Idaho Statesman
Excerpts from article by Bill Roberts

...But advocates such as Gramer and Beth Oppenheimer, executive director for the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, have crafted a proposal they think will appeal to lawmakers. It starts at the grass roots, where communities would start the work of creating schools and then ask the state for some backing.

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Across Rural Idaho, Four-day Weeks Become Routine

Idaho Education News
Excerpts from article by Kevin Richert

“A four-day school week puts a tremendous amount of stress on families,” said Beth Oppenheimer, executive director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. “We don’t have a huge capacity of high-quality child care programs in this state”...

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