Idaho CapEd Foundation Donates Books to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

 Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC, with Todd Erickson (R) and Todd Christensen (L), CapEd Credit Union in front of the 1,700+ donated books.

 Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC, with Todd Erickson (R) and Todd Christensen (L), CapEd Credit Union in front of the 1,700+ donated books.

The Idaho CapEd Foundation donated over 1,700 new books to the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) to support their efforts to increase reading over the summer months. The donated books, for children birth to third grade, will be given out this spring to parents and child care centers serving low-income families in the Treasure Valley.

Many children in Idaho do not have access to resources, such as books, in their home to help them learn. With no access to books during the summer months, children can lose up to three months of what they achieved during the school year.

“Reading is the single most important activity parents and providers can do with a child,” says Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “Reading together is especially important over the summer months to prevent the loss of reading and math skills.”

“CapEd Credit Union and the Idaho CapEd Foundation are dedicated to helping young learners and their families. Our donation of new books will help young learners develop their reading skills,” says Todd Erickson, CapEd President and CEO. “We encourage parents and grandparents to read to the young children in their lives. Just a few minutes a day makes a world of difference.”

The donated books were purchased through the Treasure Valley Reading Foundation (TVRF) and their partnership with First Book Market Place. CapEd’s financial contribution was matched by Boise-based Schindel Foundation to leverage resources to provide Idaho AEYC with $20,000 worth of books for young readers. Scott McDonald, Executive Director of TVRF comments, “Much like the success kids experience from reading - when businesses, non-profits and dedicated organizations work together great things happen. CapEd and their Foundation’s support of early childhood learning is greatly appreciated and an example of how Credit Unions benefit our community.”

The Idaho CapEd Foundation and CapEd Credit Union continue to support early childhood literacy by investing resources with the Idaho AEYC and other community partners. To learn more about the Idaho CapEd Foundation please visit CapEdFoundation.org.