Early Learning Supporters Plan Event at the Capitol

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February 6, 2017 (Boise, ID) - Efforts continue to gain support for investments in quality early learning programs for Idaho’s youngest children. Research is clear that children with access to high quality early learning programs enter school better prepared than children who do not have these opportunities. At Early Learning Legislative Day, on Wednesday, February 8th, supporters will bring attention to the importance of early learning through an interactive BLOCK Fest for Idaho kids in the Capitol Rotunda.

Idaho ranks 50th nationally in the number of 3 and 4 year-olds enrolled in pre-school and one of a handful of state governments that does not provide state funding for pre-k. While there has been a renewed emphasis on education during the past few legislative sessions, advocates, teachers and business leaders see a need to bring more attention to the issue of early childhood education.

“We continue to see close to half of Idaho’s children entering kindergarten without the foundational skills they need for future success,” states Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC Executive Director. “We are seeing increased funding for early learning throughout most states across the country and it’s unfortunate that our children in Idaho don’t get those opportunities.”

Quality early learning programs impacts children’s learning experiences as they develop their academic, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Experiences during a child’s life, birth to age five can shape their future success and can help to close the achievement gap.

“We want all children in Idaho to have every opportunity to be prepared to enter school and succeed throughout their academic career. It’s time that we stop talking about it and take action by investing in quality early learning programs for all children,” concludes Oppenheimer.

Starting early provides a greater return. For every dollar invested in high quality, birth-to-five early learning programs there is a 13% return on investment down the road, finds The Heckerman Equation. Quality child care helps parents grow their income and children prepare for success in school and life.

More information can be found here.
The Heckman Equation Summary on: Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program


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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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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