I hope this finds you well and you are all getting into the groove of a new school year! Here at Idaho AEYC, we are welcoming fall and all of our activities with great enthusiasm and excitement!
This month, Idaho AEYC was proud to host our first statewide conference in over ten years! It was a huge success and had members from all across the state attend. The theme of the conference was It Takes a Village and we hosted over 16 workshops that addressed everything from effective teaching approaches to learning to be a champion for early learning.
The conference opened up with two dynamic and inspiring speakers. Jim Everett, CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA gave a very inspiring talk about the value of what every single early learning professional brings to the table. He recognized that early learning professionals have the most important job in the whole world! He made us laugh, made us reflect and touched our hearts.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Louisa Moats, was absolutely amazing and gave us a very good understanding about the foundational skills for early learning, provided data on the prevalence and nature of reading difficulty and helped us understand how the NAEYC standards truly reflect developmentally appropriate practice. She was a joy to listen to and I believe we all walked away with a great understanding of her many years of research on early literacy.
Thank you to all of our seasoned and new AEYC members who were able to attend! And thank you to our volunteer planning committee and our many sponsors who helped make this happen! We plan to continue with a statewide AEYC conference and will begin planning for next time soon. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas, we welcome you to share those with us.
This past month, we also were excited to honor 3 amazing individuals at our annual Stick Your Neck Out for Idaho's Children event. These individuals have made a tremendous impact in early learning throughout Idaho. Congratulations to Larraine Clayton, Cathy Kowalski and LeAnn Simmons for receiving this award!
If you know someone that has made an impact and is an inspiration in early learning in Idaho, we are currently accepting nominations for next years' honorees.
As we move into October, Idaho AEYC will remain at the forefront of advocating for early learning for all children in Idaho. We are currently drafting an advocacy plan and are looking for volunteers who are interested in joining our Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. We would very much like to have folks outside of the Boise area participate. If you have interest in helping us build a statewide advocacy plan for early learning in Idaho, please contact me!
We thank you for being part of Idaho AEYC and we are here to support you! We welcome your thoughts and ideas about how we can better serve you as members.
All the best,
The Snake River Association for the Education of Young Children’s Fall Conference will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30am – 4:00pm, in the Rick Allen room, located in the Herrett Center, at the College of Southern Idaho. There will be a free community event Friday, October 2nd, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
We are pleased to present Erin Walsh, a national speaker in the field of Early Childhood and co-founder of Mind Positive Parenting. She is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. One educator described her conference as, “In my thirty-seven years of attending workshops, this is the best I have ever been to.”
Join North Idaho AEYC for the 2015 Conference themed Celebrating our Youngest Learners, October 15-17 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.
Thursday, we will kick off the conference with a social gathering. Join us on the 7th floor of The Coeur d’Alene Resort for an evening of social networking, appetizers and a cash bar.
Friday, the Idaho Commission for Libraries presents Idaho Child Care Reads. This event is free and open to Idaho providers only, first 50 participants.
Saturday is the all-day North Idaho AEYC Conference. This year's keynote presenter is Dr. Carol Lindsay. Her presentation topic is Why is Classroom Discipline so Darned Hard? What Children and Adults Bring to the Challenge of Behavior Guidance. Pick from a variety of high quality sessions throughout the day.