Idaho AEYC News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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,
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.”
Saturday, April 16, 12-3 pm, Ann Morrison Park, Boise, ID
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.
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.
Boise, Idaho ~ February 9-10, 2016
Watch media coverage:
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...
Events to Highlight Educational and Fiscal Benefits of Early Learning
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...
More information can be found at: http://www.idahoaeyc.org/earlylearningday.php
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 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.
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.
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.
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”...