In early 2020, Idaho was awarded the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care and the U.S. Department of Education. This $3.3M federal grant, a first for Idaho, focuses on researching the availability and accessibility of early childhood education in Idaho, developing a strategic plan to improve services statewide and increasing the collaboration and coordination of service providers across Idaho. The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is the grant lead; many partners across the state are participating. The McClure Center is excited to be part of this important work. Some of our activities will include holding town hall meetings and focus groups to determine community child care needs, conducting literature reviews, coordinating with care providers, convening stakeholder meetings and creating a strategic plan to help guide Idaho’s early childhood education policies in the future.
Town halls are intended to gather information on experiences, challenges and successes connected to early learning programs and child care in Idaho communities. Find a town hall meeting on the calendar.
Idaho is experiencing rapid population growth and the fastest rising housing costs in the nation; however, income gains are not matching those expenses. This leaves many households struggling to balance the costs of housing, transportation, childcare, healthcare and other daily living expenses. Housing insecurity is a multidimensional challenge; this new Idaho at a Glance will help further dialogue on this issue in Idaho.
The Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment will connect the latest scientific research on Idaho’s changing climate with economic risks and opportunities. The assessment will help Idahoans better understand the economic risks and opportunities linked to Idaho’s changing climate. In particular, the assessment will show how the changing climate will impact businesses, residents, and local and state economies, allowing Idaho to start planning now for a productive, resilient future.