Great Connections, Memories, Laughs and Learning

This past May, we had an amazing time at the Idaho AEYC Professional Development Institute!

Hundreds of early childhood professionals throughout Idaho had the opportunity to advance their education, professional learning and knowledge of high-quality early childhood education.

They also had the opportunity to make great connections and network with colleagues from across the state.

Our keynote speakers were incredible!

Rhian Evans Allvin, the CEO of NAEYC, inspired us to embrace early childhood education as a true profession.  Josh Hutchinson helped us to learn about the impact traumatic stress has on our youngest children. And finally, Dr. Drew, engaged us to recognize and practice the power of play in all early learning environments (see video).  I know that many of you left inspired and excited about the future of early learning in Idaho.

Here is what a few of you had to say:

     “The presenters were excellent!”

     “The conference was amazing and I appreciated the keynotes.”

     “The variety of workshops was great! Quality was great!”

     “Energizing! Very organized and professional!”

     “Practical and useful information I can take back to my classroom.”

In the field of early education, we know these opportunities are rare and only available when communities come together and support events such the Idaho AEYC Professional Development Institute.

Idaho AEYC is committed to advancing the early learning profession across Idaho. We are dedicated to providing the best professional development opportunities to our members and early childhood educators.

We will continue to advocate for children, families and the early childhood workforce. Our goals are big and our journey is long but we know that together, all children in Idaho will thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Thank you again for those of you who attended this year’s Professional Development Institute and for all the great connections, memories, laughs and learning that took place. (And for those of you who couldn’t attend, we hope to see you next year!)

To learn more about Idaho AEYC and the work we do on behalf of early learning on our Impact page.

Beth Oppenheimer
Exectuive Director, Idaho AEYC


Our Voices Matter

This Thursday, March 30, please raise yours by joining NAEYC, Child Care Aware of America, CLASP, NAFCC, NBCDI, NWLC, YWCA and ZERO TO THREE for a national call-in day for child care.

Every member of Congress has the opportunity to make funding requests during the appropriations process. There is an upcoming deadline for these requests, and while we're all working hard to demonstrate the need for overall discretionary funding levels that allow for sufficient investments in critical programs for children and families, we are also having a call-in day to focus specifically and especially on child care.

We hope you will join early childhood educators and advocates across the country in calling your Representatives on Thursday. You will ask them to ask the Appropriations Chairman to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant by $1.4 billion in the FY 2018 appropriations bill.

Without this additional $1.4 billion, states will not be able to implement the important reforms contained in the CCDBG Act of 2014 while maintaining the current number of children served. Already, there has been a significant decline in the number of children served, with 373,100 fewer children receiving child care assistance in 2015 than in 2006. Congress needs to hear about the importance of funding a strong foundation for child care and early learning through CCDBG.         

Take Action!

Call 202-224-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard or find your representative here. Find the suggested script here.

And don't forget - if you need a boost to help you make that call, check out how to call your reps (when you have social anxiety) and learn why calling is better than emailing.  

Please join us on Thursday and make sure your elected official hears your voice, loud and clear! #powertotheprofession 

Spring into Idaho AEYC

Dear Idaho AEYC Members –
After a long winter, spring is just around the corner. Spring is the perfect time to reflect and revisit our goals, vision and purpose. As we move into spring, we at Idaho AEYC continue to work towards our vision that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. Our goals to support high quality early learning, the profession, organizational advancement, organizational excellence and leadership and innovation are the driving force of what we do every day.