Preschool The Idaho Way Toolkit

Our Preschool the Idaho Way Toolkit is designed to support your efforts to create a local preschool collaborative. By forming a collaborative, you can draw on local expertise to design and deliver preschool that works for the children and families in your community.

While it’s intended to be comprehensive, the toolkit allows for customization based on the dynamics of your community. It will help you find inspiration and think through key decisions to bring or enhance local preschool options. Regardless of where your community starts, the important thing is to begin moving toward and having a plan to implement high-quality preschool options.

We are happy to be a resource throughout the process of establishing your collaborative and building your preschool program. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at mbalben@idahoaeyc.org if there’s anything we can do to help you be successful.

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Introduction, Snapshot of Early Learning in Idaho, and Toolkit Glossary

These three documents provide an overview of the content in Idaho’s preschool toolkit, who should use it, and a rationale for the importance to develop a local preschool collaborative. The toolkit glossary includes a definition of preschool and the components of a high-quality preschool program.

Learn More: Introduction, Snapshot of Early Learning in Idaho, and Toolkit Glossary

Section 1: Make the Case for Preschool

This section is designed to help you make the argument for why high-quality preschool should matter to your community. It outlines why preschool is important, why it’s a good investment, and how Idahoans feel about it.

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Section 2: Community Inventory

In this section, you’ll think through what already is available in your local community, including opportunities for and potential barriers to success. This section will help you determine what your vision and goals are for local preschool.

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Section 3: Engage Partners

A successful preschool collaborative brings together advocates from all areas of the community to work toward a common goal. From local government officials to nonprofit leaders, parents to teachers, this section will help you understand who should be engaged and how.

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Section 4: Build a Collaborative

This section will help you engage stakeholders and guide the development of a preschool collaborative.

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Section 5: Design Preschool for Your Local Community

This section will help you make critical decisions about the design of your local preschool and prioritize those decisions. This section also includes case studies from other successful Idaho preschool programs.

Section 6: How-to Guides

This section includes the how-to guides that will help you begin to build your collaborative and design your preschool program. You’ll learn about building a budget, finding funding, engaging families, building community support, and much more.

Section 7: Tools and Resources

There are several existing tools and resources that will inform the work of your collaborative and the development of preschool. From existing guidelines to curriculum and training resources, this section will help both providers and families find the support they need and learn from others who have had success in building preschool programs.

Learn More: Tools and Resources