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Public News Service - ID: Early Childhood Education

A consultant for child-care providers in Idaho offers advice to parents on how to pick the right one. (Matt Cardy/GettyImages)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Choosing the right childcare provider can be a daunting task for parents. Questions left unasked while picking the right facility can rear their heads down the road in unwanted ways. That's why Susan Robertson, lead quality child-care consultant for IdahoSTARS in Idaho F

Advocates for young children say investment from Idaho is crucial to make sure every child has access to early learning. (Brandi Nyhof/Idaho AEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – Next week, Idahoans and people across the nation will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, dedicated to children and the importance of early learning. Many advocates for the youngest Idahoans feel the state is lagging behind, as one of only six states that doesn't invest stat

Early-education advocates of all stripes met with legislators in informational meetings at the Capitol on Wednesday. (joevare/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Early-childhood education advocates of all stripes, including the lieutenant governor, educators, members of the military and business leaders, met with the Idaho House and Senate education committees in two informational meetings on Wednesday. Although advocates are unlikely to

Child-care workers bear the responsibility of both looking after and helping to educate children. (Isaac and Aaron Goldberg/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the halfway mark in this year's legislative session approaches, issues such as the state's surplus and tax cuts are making headlines. But that could be obscuring one important issue affecting Idaho parents: The dire state of many of the state’s child care providers. A stud

BLOCK Fest, an interactive learning program for young children, will be on display at an event tomorrow at the Idaho State Capitol. (IAEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children is gathering early-learning advocates at the Capitol today to push for investments in quality education programs. The issue of funding early childhood education has long been discussed by the Legislature, but Idaho ranks

A new report finds center-based child care is more costly than college tuition in Idaho. (U.S. Army/Flickr)

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The cost of center-based child care in Idaho is higher than the cost of tuition at a public college, according to a recent report. The study from Child Care Aware of America found that the average annual cost of center-based child care is more than $7,300, and home-based ca

Idaho lacks child care regulations compared to every other state, so it's up to parents to ask the right questions when choosing child care providers. (Anita Peppers/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho ranks 52nd in the country, behind Guam and Puerto Rico, for its lack of child care licensing and regulations, according to the group Child Care Aware of America. So, just because providers are licensed doesn't mean they're following best practices. The Idaho Associatio

Early learning advocates are rallying in Boise today to promote state funding for pre-kindergarten programs.(anitapeppers/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Early childhood education advocates are holding a rally today on the steps of the state Capitol in Boise calling for state funded pre-kindergarten for four year olds. Idaho is one of only five states that invests zero state dollars in early childhood programs. Beth Oppenheimer, execu

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