Who: Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)
READY! for Kindergarten
Preschool The Idaho Way
Idaho Voices for Children
American Academy of Pediatrics – Idaho Chapter
Idaho Commission for Libraries
Ada Community Libraries
What: Children from local programs will participate in BLOCK Fest®, a research-based, interactive exhibit developed in Idaho that teaches parents and educators about the impact of early learning through play. Idaho AEYC and other organizations will also oversee activities – including playdough and puzzles – and be on hand to discuss the many skills children develop through hands-on experiences.
When: Wednesday, February 6th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(BLOCK Fest® sessions are 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
Where: Idaho State Capitol Rotunda
700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, ID 83702
Why: Idaho is one of six states that does not invest in preschool options for families with children 3 to 5 years old. Research shows that if a young child doesn’t have the right kinds of interactions in the first few years of life, the brain doesn’t build itself properly. High-quality early learning develops social and emotional skills that have positive, lifelong effects.
Early Learning Day illustrates what quality learning looks like for young children. They need hands-on experiences – not hours sitting at desks – to develop the math, literacy and social skills that lay the foundation for success in elementary school and beyond.