Idaho AEYC

Boise Child Care Stakeholder committee holds first meeting

This spring, Idaho AEYC worked with the City of Boise to form an exciting new advisory committee. The Boise Child Care Stakeholder committee’s central goal is to help the city meet the needs of both parents and child care providers. The group will provide input on challenges facing the industry and offer direction on licensing rules and regulations.

Meet the Preschool Collaborative: Nampa

The Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center (NECLC) is a developmental preschool serving about 180 students. Most of the children enrolled in the program are eligible for special education services. Now, with a Preschool the Idaho Way planning grant, NECLC will start expanding its capacity with plans to eventually serve all interested families in the Nampa School District. The immediate goal is to add a class of 3- and 4-year-olds for the upcoming school year.

Meet the Preschool Collaborative: Sandpoint and Ponderay

In West Bonner County, Storybook Cottage LLC – the nonprofit arm of Priest River-based Children’s Learning World LLC – plans to partner with Lee Pesky Learning Center, Parents as Teachers, local libraries, school districts and businesses to offer free preschool for 4-year-olds in the area.

“We have had a lot of support, and the more the community sees that we offer a real quality program, we will be receiving even more support!” said Tana Vanderholm of Storybook Cottage.

Congratulations to our 2019 Power to the Profession Award Winners!

Idaho AEYC is thrilled to recognize Jeanné Hayden and Heather Lee for their passionate and innovative work to advance early childhood education in Idaho. They will receive their Power to the Profession Awards during Idaho AEYC’s Professional Development Institute on June 15.

Meet the Preschool Collaborative: Kuna

Since 2015, a Kuna collaborative called Get Ready to Learn has focused on supporting and empowering parents, leveraging the community and working with local early learning programs to prepare more children for school. Now, with a planning grant from Idaho AEYC and guidance from the Preschool the Idaho Way toolkit, Get Ready to Learn and its community partners plan to identify the number of Kuna children not enrolled in preschool and learn more about the barriers families face.

Week of the Young Child is here!

The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of quality early learning experiences and acknowledge the educators and caregivers working on behalf of our youngest Idahoans. When young children learn through play and have stable, interactive relationships with adults, they build the social and emotional skills needed to succeed throughout life.

Q&A with Ben Kincheloe, Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center

While at a brainstorming session about early learning resources in the Nampa School District this afternoon, Idaho AEYC’s Preschool the Idaho Way Collaborative Director Erika Lewis sat down with Ben Kincheloe, principal of the Nampa Early Childhood Center. The developmental preschool currently serves about 180 students in six classrooms at a single location, but it has plans to expand its pre-K options to even more students. Here’s what Kincheloe had to say during a quick Q&A.

Gov. Brad Little records Week of the Young Child PSA

Governor Brad Little visited Hawthorne Elementary School’s preschool students on March 1 for Dr. Suess story time to celebrate Read Across America. While he was there, he recorded a PSA for the Week of the Young Child, a nationwide celebration coming up April 8 to 12 that focuses on the importance of early learning and the needs of our youngest children and their families.

We are seeking presenters for our June conference!


The 2018 Idaho AEYC Professional Development Institute is coming up June 1 and 2 in Boise. It will be an engaging, educational conference for child care professionals, teachers, providers and advocates for Idaho’s young children.

This year, the focus will be on emergent curriculum and the use of projects in the early childhood environment. We are seeking presenters who can help guide professionals to a better understanding of what emergent curriculum means across a range of ages – from infants to 8-year-olds.

Topics we are interested in exploring include:

  • What is an emergent curriculum/project approach?
  • How to set up the physical environment for emergent curriculum/projects.
  • How emergent curriculum/projects can be used alongside of Idaho’s Early Learning Standards.
  • Assessment and emergent curriculum.
  • Using loose parts as the backbone of the materials in your classroom/center.
  • Emergent curriculum with infants and/or children with special needs.
  • Literacy, math and/or STEAM and emergent curriculum.
  • Classroom management.
  • Planning for an emergent curriculum.
  • Using an emergent curriculum outdoors.

We invite you to submit a 75-minute workshop proposal for sessions in the afternoon on June 1 and any session on June 2, or a two-hour workshop proposal for sessions the morning of June 1. Deadline for submission is January 20.

As a token of our appreciation, presenters will receive complimentary registration the day you present. Co-presenters will receive a 50% discounted registration fee for that day.

Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season!


An Idaho AEYC and NAEYC membership is a gift that keeps on giving: You will have access to an array of resources and event discounts all year long to help advance your professional development. And it will ALL make a difference in the lives of the children you work with.  

Here are some of the many benefits you will enjoy as a member:

  • Local and state advocacy and leadership opportunities.
  • Access to member-only grants in Idaho.
  • Discounts at state and regional conferences.
  • Free resume and job posts on Idaho AEYC’s online Idaho ECE Job Connection page.
  • Access to NAEYC digital resources, including ideas for implementing developmentally appropriate practices and fostering strong family engagement.
  • Discounted insurance offerings, including professional liability insurance.
  • A 20% discount on all orders from NAEYC’s online store, as well as access to exclusive member-only resource sales during the year.
  • Exclusive access to member-only sessions at NAEYC events and registration opportunities for member-only events, such as the Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC.