Our READY! workshops show parents how to engage with their children in purposeful play that develops the skills needed to succeed in school. With a $11,895 grant from WRWF, we will offer workshops in both English and Spanish to parents of preschool-age children in Blaine County.
We’re witnessing a mounting workforce crisis across the country and here in Idaho. Though employment rates are high, the strength of our economic future is in jeopardy as businesses struggle to find and retain workers with the skills needed for long-term success.
Education, rightfully, is central in discussions about bridging this divide. But those conversations often overlook a critical element: high-quality child care. It’s time to start recognizing child care as early education and acknowledging the promising role it can play in what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation identifies as a two-generation approach to strengthening our workforce.
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.
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.
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.
Idaho AEYC is thrilled to recognize Jeanné Hayden and Heather Lee for theirpassionate 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.
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.
Are you passionate about advancing Idaho’s early learning profession and being a voice for quality early learning? Do you believe in the vision, mission, core values and beliefs of Idaho AEYC? Are you interested in helping Idaho AEYC advance its Strategic Direction?