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 include holding town hall meetings and focus groups to determine community child care needs, conducting literature reviews, coordinating with care providers, convening stakeholder meetings, authoring a needs assessment and creating a strategic plan to help guide Idaho’s early childhood education policies in the future.
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.