Early Learning Legislative Day
Thank you to everyone who came out for BLOCK Fest and Early Learning Legislative Day at the Capitol!
February 7th, 2018, was the fourth annual Early Learning Legislative Day organized by Idaho AEYC! We were joined by:
- Idaho Voices for Children
- Idaho Head Start Association
- Twiga Foundation
- American Academy of Pediatrics – Idaho Chapter
- Building Villages
- Idaho Commission for Libraries – Read to Me program
- Giraffe Laugh
- New Horizon Academy
BLOCK Fest® is a research-based, interactive exhibit developed in Idaho that teaches parents and educators about the importance of early learning through play. Young children need hands-on experiences – not hours sitting at desks – to develop the math, literacy and social skills needed to excel later in life.
Idaho voters and parents recognize that these kinds of experiences are crucial for a child’s brain development, according to a report released in January 2018 by the public opinion research firm Moore Information and Idaho AEYC. Moore Information conducted a total of 509 interviews for the survey – 406 among a representative sample of registered voters statewide in Idaho, plus an oversample of 103 parents of children age 5 or younger. Nearly seven in ten of the voters and parents surveyed believe the state of Idaho should be doing more to ensure that children begin kindergarten with the knowledge and skills they need to do their best in school. Seventy-six percent of voters and 80% of parents said they support state investments in preschool.