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The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children has awarded Janice Fletcher its 2009 Sticking Your Neck Out for Idaho’s Children award. The award honors work on issues affecting child care and children. Janice was recognized for her lengthy career as an educator and her work teaching and preparing early childhood educators and caregivers who work with children throughout the state of Idaho.  An IAEYC press release highlighted Janice’s legacy as a teacher and described how she has taught “tens of hundreds of students who serve tens of thousands of children in better quality programs.”

Former state First Lady Patricia Kempthorne presented the award to Janice on April 16th at the IAEYC annual gala held in Meridian, Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Press also ran a story featuring Janice and the IAEYC award on April 15th.

The IAEYC chose the giraffe as the symbol for the Sticking Your Neck Out award not only for its long neck but also because it has the largest heart of all land animals.

Congratulations, Janice, for this important recognition from the Idaho AEYC! We appreciate the great work of our outstanding  faculty here at UI Coeur d’Alene.



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Janice Fletcher

“Sticking Your Neck Out For Idaho’s Children”

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) has announced the winner for the 2009 Sticking your Neck Out for Idaho’s Children award. The award honors work on issues affecting child care and children. The selection is based on efforts to make a tangible difference in the quality of outcomes for children in Idaho.

The 2009 award honors Janice Fletcher, Ph.D. University of Idaho Professor of Coeur d’Alene. In her 43 year career as an educator, 31 years have been spent in Idaho. During that three decade span, Fletcher has been intimately involved in the education of the state's Bachelor and Master's level early childhood educators. Literally dozens of awards and honors, a seemingly unlimited number of committees and task forces, numerous grant awards, in addition to nearly 40 publications (mostly refereed) have kept her busy over the past 30 years. Tens of hundreds of students, serving tens of thousands of children in better quality programs than Idaho has ever known is Fletcher’s legacy.

Past honorees include Patricia Kempthorne (2005) for her work through the Coordinating Council for Families and Children; Skip and Esther Oppenheimer (2006) for their efforts to provide direct services to children and advocacy through the Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence (IBCEE) among many other board and community service roles; the Ammon City Council (2007) for passing a strong Child Care Licensing ordinance for the City of Ammon; Doug Fagerness (2008-individual) for his life-long commitment to children and families as demonstrated through his work with Head Start and in advocacy roles; and Idaho Falls City Mayor Jared Fuhriman and City Council Members (2008-group) for approving the city’s first child care licensing ordinance to make a difference for children in their community.

This statewide award began as a way to honor those leaders who work tirelessly to improve opportunities, safety, and long term outcomes for children and their families in Idaho. Nominations are sought from across the state each year and are voted on by the Idaho AEYC Board of Directors. The symbol for the award is a giraffe not only because of its long neck, but also because this mammal has the biggest heart of all the animals on earth.

Janice Fletcher and Erik Anderson

The couple enjoy a tail gate party in November 2009

Janice Fletcher

Fall 2009 Welcome Back BBQ in Coeur d'Alene

Janice Fletcher in classroom setting
Shawn Gust - Coeur d'Alene Press