The 12th annual “The U.S. and the High Cost of Child Care” report found that the average annual cost of child care for an Idaho infant can range from $6,264 for home-based care to nearly $7,300 for center-based care. And for two children – an infant and a 4-year-old, as an example – those costs can reach about $13,600 annually. As a point of comparison, the average year’s tuition at a public university is $7,250 and an average annual mortgage payment is $14,148.
The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children on Wednesday launched Preschool the Idaho Way, a new project that aims to develop high-quality, affordable preschool opportunities for families by equipping Idahoans with the tools and resources they need to create local solutions.
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.
Our PDI is the most comprehensive gathering of early childhood educators in Idaho, and it is more affordable than similar conferences offered around the country. This is your best chance to hear the latest research on child development and effective teaching practices without traveling out of state.
While most states enrolled more young children in public preschool, Idaho remains one of seven states opting not to fund early education programs, according to “The State of Preschool 2017” report issued Wednesday by the National Institute of Early Education Research.
When states debate pre-K, they shouldn’t just look locally. Or even at other states.
They should look globally, says W. Steven Barnett, a national expert in pre-K.
They should consider why Shanghai, China, is creating universal pre-K for 4-year-olds, staffed by college-educated teachers. China is a poorer country that aspires to be a wealthy country, and its leaders see pre-K as part of the answer.
On the heels of a new report showing widespread support among voters for state investment in preschool, advocates took to the Capitol Wednesday to illustrate the importance of high-quality early learning.