Current and Recent Research
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, focused 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) was the grant lead; many partners across the state participated. The McClure Center was excited to be part of this important work. Some of our activities included 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 is a nonpartisan, science-based resource to help Idaho business leaders and policy makers plan for a productive, prosperous and resilient Idaho economy. This assessment connects the latest scientific research on Idaho’s changing climate with economic risks and opportunities that impact businesses, residents and local and state economies. In addition, the assessment seeks to inspire new collaborations, commitments and ongoing forums to leverage resources, encourage innovations and spur investments in Idaho solutions.