Idaho STEM Action Center
Idaho STEM Action Center has partnered with Boise State University College of Education and the Children’s Center on an exciting multi-year project to advance STEM learning for ages 0 to 8. Through professional development and instructional coaching, early childhood professionals are learning how to engage children with and without disabilities in inclusive STEM learning. Boise State created instructional videos on early STEM learning.
Through this work, STEM Action Center and Boise State are developing a replicable model that can be implemented at other universities and centers for early care and learning across the country. Faculty at Boise State are conducting research on teacher training, coaching and implementation of early childhood STEM education. Check them out!
ICCP Idaho Child Care Program
The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides child care assistance to low-income, working families by paying for a portion of child care. This program is for parents who work, attend school, or participate in approved activities to help prevent children from being placed in foster care. The program pays for part of the child care costs for eligible households, and parents also pay for a portion (called a co-pay). The parent’s share is based on the size of the family and the amount of their income. The Department also licenses child care providers and is working with community partners on a professional development system to improve child care services in Idaho.
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IdahoSTARS empowers parents and providers to make safe and educational child care and early education a top priority. IdahoSTARS ensures that child care providers have access to current standards and resources to offer the best care possible and helps build revenue for child care businesses by offering incentives and grant opportunities to STAR-rated providers. IdahoSTARS is the leading expert and referral source for quality care and education in Idaho.
IdahoSTARS is a voluntary program that provides training in child development, education, health, and safety and assessment of child care facilities based on national quality standards. Our goal is to ensure that Idaho’s children have access to the highest quality child care and early education. We do this by delivering a statewide Child Care Resource and Referral system that educates and supports parents and child care providers and provides a consistent structure that supports and promotes quality, inclusive child care and early education, and professional development.
IdahoSTARS is a joint project between the University of Idaho’s Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) and the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC). The project is funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
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