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Public News Service - ID: Early Childhood Education

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

Idaho Children's Trust Fund has tips for enjoying the holidays as a family. Credit: reim11/morguefile

BOISE, Idaho - During the holidays, parents can get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping and parties, and sometimes forget that the best present you can give is actually being present. That's the message this season from the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. Taryn Yates, grant manager/planner with th

Idaho schools got a progress report this week. Credit: Shrironosov/iStock

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho schools are making progress but they need more money. That's the word from the Governor's Task Force for Improving Education, which presented a progress report Wednesday in Boise. The meeting addressed goals set by the task force two years ago. Blake Youde is the chief communi

PHOTO: Better treatment of Idaho farmworkers and recognition of their importance in the food system are part of the National Farmworker Awareness campaign. Photo credit: Brian Prechtel, USDA Agricultural Research Service.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Farm-to-school programs and buying local food are popular trends in Idaho, and the route those foods take to get to the plate are being highlighted for National Farmworker Awareness - a spring campaign that coincides with crop planting. Migrant and seasonal workers are key for pla

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