It’s an exciting time of year!
Child care programs are greeting new families, preschool and kindergarten classes are seeing first-time students, and elementary schools are welcoming back familiar faces. As our children and families enter a new year of growth, our early childhood teachers remain a steady force through it all.
As you know, early childhood is a critical time of development that affects the rest of our children’s lives. It is so important for us to do everything we can to ensure that those first years of life are met with loving, caring adults in safe, nurturing environments. That is why Idaho AEYC continues to be the leading voice for high-quality early learning programs. And thanks to your continued support, we are making a positive impact on thousands of young children throughout Idaho.
2018 Events & Projects
Supporting Early Childhood Educators
The quality of early learning programs is critical to the growth and development of our children. And the most important component of a quality program is the teacher. Idaho AEYC continues to support early childhood educators and provide the tools and resources they need to be successful.
In June, we hosted our annual Professional Development Institute. Over 200 early childhood professionals from across the state converged in Boise to advance their knowledge of high-quality early childhood education and to network with colleagues. In the field of early education, these opportunities are rare and only available when communities come together to support events such as this.
In addition to the conference, we support early childhood educators through our IdahoSTARS project. This past year, we engaged more than 4,000 early childhood educators in the Professional Development System, which gives providers access to training and incentives. Over 30 early care and education workers across Idaho received academic scholarships to help them on their path toward higher education degrees and certificates. It’s critical that our early childhood educators have the professional development they need to best serve our youngest children.
Idaho AEYC continues to offer our READY! for Kindergarten program to hundreds of families throughout the state. READY! for Kindergarten supports parents in their role as a child’s first and most influential teacher. These workshops encourage parents to talk, sing, read and play with their child in simple ways that foster essential pre-literacy, pre-math and social-emotional skills. Thanks to the Dove Foundation, CapEd Credit Union and individuals like you, we can provide these workshops and additional learning resources to families for free.
Educating Communities and Policymakers
This has been a very informative year for early childhood advocacy. Through a grant project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we learned that over 76% of Idaho voters believe the state should invest in preschool opportunities for children age 3 to 4. This information has been shared several dozen times through media outlets and statewide primary debates, and it is receiving more attention than ever before. Our work through this project has elevated the discussion about the need for high-quality preschool, leading to a solution that involves local communities throughout Idaho. Stay tuned for more information about our Local Preschool Collaborative Initiative.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Idaho AEYC is committed to promoting high-quality early learning by connecting practice, policy and research. We will continue to advance the early learning profession and advocate for children, families and early childhood professionals. Our goals are big and our journey is long, but together we can ensure that all children in Idaho can thrive in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
By donating to Idaho AEYC, you help to support our work as we:
Create equitable access to developmentally appropriate early learning for children from birth to age 8.
Champion early childhood professionals through policy and resources.
Mobilize early childhood professionals, parents and community members to advocate for investments in high-quality early learning.
Build a robust early childhood profession that is revered for its valuable contribution to our children and our communities.