Envisioning a Better Start for Our Youngest Idahoans
Who We Are
Early Learning collaboratives bring together important stakeholders – such as city and school leaders, parents, teachers, and local businesses – who want to see high-quality learning opportunities for families in their community. The goal is to build partnerships among existing local experts in early childhood education to offer affordable, comprehensive early learning opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be available to many families.
What We Do
By using a local collaborative model, we work within communities across Idaho to increase access to high-quality, affordable early learning services by creating strong system supports, expanding access to and affordability of quality, early learning programs and providing families with engagement opportunities through stronger community collaborations.
Our Work In the Community
The early years are critical to a child’s development. In fact, research shows that if a young child doesn’t have the right kinds of interactions in the first few years of life, the brain doesn’t build itself properly. When young children learn through play and have stable, interactive relationships with adults, they build the social and emotional skills needed to succeed throughout life.
Collaboratives At Work In The Community
Communities across Idaho have brought together local organizations, business leaders, school districts, child care providers, community leaders, and stakeholders to form Early Learning Collaboratives with the focus of creating early learning opportunities to support children’s school readiness. Read below to learn more about what the Ready Idaho: Early Learning Collaboratives are doing to support the whole child, whole family, and whole community.
Our Ready Idaho Early Learning Collaborative Toolkit is designed to support your efforts to create a local early learning collaborative. By forming a collaborative, you can draw on local expertise to design and deliver early learning services that works for the children and families in your community.