Jane Zink

Co-Leadership Director, IdahoSTARS Project
Jane Zink, Headshot

Jane was appointed Co-Leadership Director of the IdahoSTARS project in 2019, after serving more than 15 years at Idaho AEYC. All her career, Jane has worked to create concrete support for child care providers, from grant programs to feedback loops, to Idaho’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. Her passion is the Strengthening Families Protective Factor™ framework, and she brings a strength-based lens to every component of her work.

Jane brings her experience in systems-building, a steadfast commitment to families, and a passion for learning to the IdahoSTARS project, ensuring the work is grounded in best practices. Jane also relies on experience gained teaching thousands of professionals and parents the principles of Strengthening Families, and the power of the Protective Factors to reduce stress and support optimal outcomes.

As a resident of Idaho for over 30 years, Jane is thrilled that her work helps our youngest and most vulnerable citizens (and their families) thrive. Idaho is a great place to live, especially when young children get the quality early experiences they need, whether at home, school, or in child care.

Jane lives in Boise and enjoys spending her free time connecting with family, gardening, hiking, and exploring Idaho.