Our Impact


Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) has a vision that all children thrive wherever they grow and learn.

The early years are a time of remarkable brain growth in children and lay the foundation for subsequent learning and development. Up-front investments in quality care and early education translate into direct returns for the state, our communities and society as a whole. Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education. We achieve our mission through the following programs:


Professional Membership

Membership is at the core of what we do. Join more than 250 of your fellow child care providers and early educators to expand your professional network, increase your professional development, and stay informed on Idaho’s early education field.


READY! for Kindergarten

READY! supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher. A series of 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. 

IdahoSTARS Project

A voluntary program that provides professional development and resources to child care providers to improve their skills and professional practice when caring for young children. Improving the quality of early learning programs throughout Idaho will increase parents’ access to affordable and inclusive child care. 


Strengthening Families

This program increases family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. Strengthening Families focuses on building five Protective Factors in families and can be integrated into any existing program, strategy, system or community support. Idaho AEYC has developed Toolbox Trainings for those who care for young children and Parent Workshop Manuals that introduce the protective factor framework directly to parents.

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NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education and child care. Early childhood programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school. We support NAEYC accredited programs and those who are seeking accreditation through professional development.

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Public Policy and Advocacy

Idaho AEYC's network of parents, child care providers, early educators, and concerned citizens create an informed voice on what policies are needed to promote the goal of a sustainably funded, high-quality system of early education for all children.