CapEd Makes Kindergarten Readiness a Priority

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November 16, 2016 (Boise, ID) - CapEd Credit Union is giving back to the community with a $17,000 donation to the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children’s (Idaho AEYC) READY! for Kindergarten and READ Up programs.

CapEd will present the donation to Idaho AEYC during their November Board of Directors’ meeting tomorrow, November 17, at 4pm. The Idaho-based credit union promotes quality education as part of their mission and recognizes investing in early learning makes a huge impact on a child’s life.

Join us! CapEd and Idaho AEYC invite media to attend:
CapEd Donation Ceremony
November 17, 4pm
CapEd Credit Union - 275 Stratford Drive, Meridian.

Idaho AEYC’s READY! for Kindergarten program will provide parents with free workshops and tools to help young children develop the skills they need to succeed in school. CapEd’s $15,000 donation for READY! for Kindergarten will allow us to serve 50 Boise families, with children ages three to five.

“Parents who engage with their children at home can be one of the most influential teachers a child has,” says Idaho AEYC’s Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “By providing families with resources to help their children learn early literacy and math skills, they can feel much more confident their children will be ready to learn their first day of school.”

An additional donation of $2,000 will support our READ Up program. READ Up encourages children to read during the summer months by providing free books for children birth to eight in order to prevent summer learning loss.


CapEd Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving members throughout the state of Idaho. CapEd currently has eight locations in the Treasure Valley, and is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. For more information or to join the Credit Union, visit www.CapEd.com.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

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New Horizon Academy Receives National Accreditation

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The New Horizon Academy’s Boise Avenue Center has earned recognition for the highest level of quality through accreditation with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC Accreditation represents the gold mark of quality in early childhood education and measures the early childhood program against 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.

“New Horizon Academy has worked very hard to show families in our community they value high-quality early learning,” says Idaho AEYC Executive Director Beth Oppenheimer. “Accredited programs represent the highest mark of quality in early childhood education and we are proud of their accomplishment.”

NAEYC is the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of care and education in early childhood programs. The 10 accreditation standards, created from research on young childhood development and input from educators around the country, focus on areas such as teaching, curriculum and leadership.

“We want to ensure our children receive the best possible early learning we can give them,” says Cammra Wakagawa, New Horizon Academy Area Director/Idaho District. “Earning NAEYC Accreditation was a challenge, but a goal we wanted to take on since accreditation standards are much higher than our local regulations.”

New Horizon Academy - Boise Avenue joins 20 other NAEYC accredited early childhood programs throughout Idaho. NAEYC Accreditation helps parents identify which early childhood programs offer high-quality, age-appropriate practices.


About Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)

The nonprofit Idaho AEYC is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. Idaho AEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

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Idaho AEYC to Strengthen Statewide Awareness of Importance of Quality Early Learning

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The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children will begin a three-year project to engage communities across Idaho regarding the importance of high-quality early learning programs for children.

Building Idaho’s Early Learning Foundation project is funded by a $450,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

“Access to affordable, high-quality early learning programs is a challenge for many families across Idaho,” said Beth Oppenheimer, executive director of Idaho AEYC. “The project begins by listening to parents to understand their current perception, wants, desires and knowledge around the importance of early learning. Once we know that, we can then strengthen community awareness around the importance of building foundational skills for school and increase local demand for access to high-quality programs for all children.”

Efforts of the project will focus on a three-year, statewide community outreach plan that will: research communities across the state to clearly understand their perceptions and understanding about high-quality early learning; educate parents, families and community leaders about the importance of high-quality early learning; and build awareness and support by local communities and state leaders to invest in high-quality programs for young children.

Research begins this year and will target both large and small populous communities throughout Idaho. The research findings will guide the development of long-and short-term communication plans to build community support for investments and opportunities in supporting our youngest learners.

“Every community throughout Idaho is unique and the approach to investing in early learning must meet the needs of our diverse population,” Oppenheimer said. “By understanding Idahoans true perceptions of quality early learning, we will be better prepared to develop a statewide infrastructure of early learning programs that will best fit each individual community’s needs.”


About Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)

The nonprofit Idaho AEYC is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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