Early Childhood Education/Preschool

Description: Programs that provide educational activities and experiences for children from birth to age five which are intended to foster social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth and prepare them for further formal learning. (AIRS HD-1800)

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ID

Statewide

Organization Name: United Way
Address: ID
Eligibility: None.
Services Provided: Online Resource: The Idaho's Parents as Teachers Affiliate keeps track of all the Parents as Teacher's contacts throughout Idaho. Visit the website to find the program locally in Idaho. http://www.parentsasteachers.org/site/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.asp?c=ekIRLcMZJxE&b=307836&raw=
Parents as Teachers is a voluntary program offered free to any expectant parent or those with children newborn to kindergarten entry. The program provides parents with the information and support they need to give their child the best possible start in life. Parents as Teachers is based on the philosophy that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs include personal visits by a professionally trained child development specialist, free developmental screenings, group meetings on a wide variety of child rearing topics, and help finding any other resources beyond the scope of the PAT program. All PAT activities are free to families.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Boise, ID

Organization Name: Health & Welfare, Division Family & Community Services
Address: 450 West State Street
CO 5th Floor
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208-334-5699
Fax: 208-332-7331
Eligibility: Available to all
Services Provided: The Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse (ECIC) holds information about children birth through age five and includes resources available for parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals. The ECIC is sponsored by the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) grant and the Early Childhood Coordinating Council (EC3). www.earlychildhood.dhw.idaho.gov

Program is administered by the Division of Family and Community Services.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018
950 W State St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-344-5502
Organization Name: YMCA of the USA
Address: 950 W State St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-344-5502
Services Provided: Early Learning Readiness, (ELR) is a no cost, outreach program that serves Caregivers and the children in their care. Each 2 hour session is designed to mentor, teach and role model for caregivers how they can provide the children in their care with the skills they will need for kindergarten and beyond. Each session will provide a stimulating environment to help children (0-5 years) develop the physical, verbal, and social skills they will need to be school-ready.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Address: 4355 W Emerald St
Suite 250
Boise, ID 83702
Fax: 208-345-6569
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest early childhood organization in the US. Idaho also has five local affiliated chapters: North Idaho AEYC, Eastern Idaho AEYC, Snake River AEYC, Treasure Valley AEYC, and Palouse Area AEYC. Our vision is to inspire and lead those who touch the lives of Idaho's children and encourage commitment to the ideal that every Idaho child deserves to live a satisfying childhood that allows them to develop to full potential. We work to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for Idaho's young children and their families by (1) improving professional practice in early care and education, (2) building public understanding and support, and (3) building and maintaining a strong, diverse and inclusive organization. The following projects are administered through Idaho AEYC:

...IdahoSTARS Professional Development System includes Registry, Career Pathway, Incentives and Scholarships, Mentor/Coaches, Reaching the STARS Quality Rating System, Trainer and Training Approval, and 7 Regional Child Care Resource and Referral Offices(CCR&R).
..Scholarships Academic scholarships to increase the level of education of people working in child care centers and family child care homes while making the educational process more affordable, increasing wages and reducing staff turnover. Scholarship funds are offered toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, an Early Childhood Associate Degree, a technical certificate, or Bachelor Degree in the field of early childhood education. ..Mentoring for Early Care and Education Project (M.E.C.E.)
The vision of M.E.C.E is to develop a pool of qualified professionals throughout Idaho's seven regions. Under the IdahoSTARS initiative, early care and education practitioners and/or directors can obtain financial assistance for mentor services in the following categories: Idaho Quality Child Care Apprenticeship program, 2) Individual Projects, 3) Accreditation support, 4) Environment Assessments, 5) and Child Care Health Consultants. M.E.C.E. is currently accepting applications for mentors wishing to work with providers as well as providers seeking mentor/coaching. To be eligible for mentoring services you must be enrolled in the IdahoSTARS Professional Development system. IdahoSTARS Quality Child Care Rating System is being piloted in 2008 to ensure that the assessment process is fair and equitable. The end result will include an assessment of child care programs, technical assistance and reassessment that results in a STAR rating of 1-5 stars. This will allow parents to determine the level of quality based on nationally recognized measures of quality in early care and education. A key component of the Quality Rating System is the STRENGTHENING FAMILIES training that helps child care providers include parents in their program planning and become a link to community services for the parents of the children they serve in child care.

..Idaho STATE TRAINING AND REGISTRY SYSTEM (IdahoSTARS) is responsible to monitor Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) providers' eligibility for subsidy payment, Parent Child Care Referrals, Child Care Resource & Referral in all 7 Regions of Idaho, and Professional Development System for child care professionals.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: Educational Services
Address: 1455 N. Orchard
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-373-7220
Eligibility: Educational programming for children.
Services Provided: Second only to parents, television is the young child's most influential teacher. Nothing else in our culture can match television's ability to influence how children learn, think and act. Given the power of television, young children need adults to help them become wise television users. Many studies show that with selective viewing, television can contribute richly to school readiness.
In addition to providing over 56 hours weekly of high quality educational programming for children, Idaho Public Television's Ready To Learn services also provide extensive outreach services to local communities. These services include (free) workshops for parents, childcare providers and other early childhood professionals and distribution of children's books and PBS Families/para la Familia magazine. Ready To Learn is funded by a Ready To Learn Television Cooperative Agreement from the U.S. Department of Education through the Public Broadcasting Service. To learn more about the workshops we offer visit http://idahoptv.org/learn/workshops.cfm
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: Idaho Commission for Libraries
Address: 325 W. State St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-2150
Fax: 208-334-4016
Eligibility: Contact for eligibility requirements.
Services Provided: LiLI connects you with top quality academic and professional resources.
Research Materials
Job Seekers
Health Information
Elementary Students
Higher Education
The LiLI Databases (LiLI-D) are online services providing full-text articles from magazines, professional journals, newspapers, and reference books free to all Idaho residents.

There's something for everyone - K-12 students, researchers, consumers - everyone! Best of all, LiLI is free to all Idahoans. (If you're not an Idahoan, check with your local or state library to discover similar database offerings they may provide).

To start using LiLI, look up a database by subject, by name, or categorized by topic areas for kids or students. You'll find links to numerous databases covering a wide range of subjects.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Idaho Falls, ID

Address: 883 Shoup Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: 208-528-5600
Fax: 208-528-5608
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: The Bonneville County Community Resource Center coordinates with and supports community programs and agencies which focus on helping at-risk youth and their families. It offers a central location for community groups to hold parenting classes, meetings and seminars; a library with written and audio-visual materials on substance abuse prevention, parenting and child development. A regional RADAR center (a Federal program which provides free substance abuse information in English and Spanish), information and referrals on community resources, and a quarterly newsletter to exchange information among community professionals and interested citizens.
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Last Updated: 11/2/2018
Organization Name: Disability Resources
Address: Idaho Falls, ID 83403-2313
Phone: 208-403-6865
Eligibility: Services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, religion or sex.
Services Provided: CDF is a non-profit organization that provides funds to assist families to care for children with developmental disabilities in their home.
It may be used to purchase:
Respite care
Specialized evaluations
Adaptive equipment/bicycles
Therapy
Specialized clothing
Housing modifications
Computers/Software
Service Animals

The Foundation serves children from birth to age 21 within Region 7. Parent organization of Bikes for Kids Idaho and Field of Angels.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Meridian, ID

Address: 1550 N. Crestmont Drive, Suite E
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: 208-898-0988
Fax: 208-898-9022
Eligibility: Medicaid Aetna Ameriben Blue Cross Blue Shield DAS, Inc. (Micron Network) Idaho Medicaid Idaho Physician's Network Provider Medicare Part B Pacific Source Select Health Tricare United HealthCare
Services Provided: The Stone Tongue Thrust Protocol (STTP), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, SpeechEasy for Stuttering, Handwriting Clinic, Kids Connect Preschool which is a therapy based preschool that provides a facilitative communication environment or children ages 2 1/2 to 5 with developmental delays
Provider Profiles: See website for detailed description of our staff.
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Last Updated: 6/12/2013

Moscow, ID

Address: 121 W Sweet Ave
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: 208-885-6000
Fax: 208-885-6188
Eligibility: There are no eligibility requirements.
Services Provided: The CDHD currently operates a variety of independent grant programs and carries out training, services, technical assistance, research and dissemination activities across the state and nation. To meet its goals the CDHD engages in exemplary activities across five areas:

*Interdisciplinary training and preparation of students and fellows for employment in leadership and direct service positions.
*Direct Services and demonstration projects which include family and individual support, personal assistance services and infant monitoring.
*Community training and technical assistance, which is incorporated into all CDHD
projects and focused on activities with individuals with development disabilities,
families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students and volunteers.
*Research and validation of new ideas and promising practices and contributions
to the development of new knowledge in the field of developmental disabilities.
*Dissemination of information and research findings to individuals with development disabilities, families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students and volunteers.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Pocatello, ID

Organization Name: Parenting Resources
Address: 403 N Hays
Pocatello, ID 83204
Phone: 208-234-1122
Eligibility: Families in southeastern Idaho.
Services Provided: The Center offers a comprehensive online Resource Directory for Southeast Idaho, a Resource Library, Asset Shop, comprehensive assessment and referral, The Nurturing Program for Families, The Baby Steps Program, The Birth to Three Playgroups, and Parent Support. This program is administered by the Bannock Youth Foundation, a private, non-profit organization that has been providing a variety of intervention, treatment, and support services to youth and families in Bannock County since 1978.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is an 12-15 week event designed for families with children between the ages of 0 and 18. Specific areas targeted include: Support for parents in their efforts to nurture adolescents.
Providing parents with effective discipline strategies appropriate for the child's age. Support and skill building for youth dealing with the stress of peer pressure. Increased respect for parents by their children.

Classes are available in the evenings from 5:30pm to 8pm. To sign up for the Nurturing Program, call Heather Kemp at (208) 234-1122.

This program is administered by the Bannock Youth Foundation, a private, non-profit organization that has been providing a variety of intervention, treatment, and support services to youth and families in Bannock County since 1978.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: Educational Services
Address: 330 Oakwood
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-233-6606
Eligibility: Call for guidelines.
Services Provided: The early intervention program is designed to provide services to children 3-5 years of age who are developmentally delayed in any of the following areas:
Receptive/expressive language
Articulation (speech)
Gross/fine motor skills
Cognitive
Social emotional
Adaptive

There are no costs, transportation is provided by School District 25.

The center also offers parenting classes in the evening.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Twin Falls, ID

DC

Washington, DC

Organization Name: National Hotlines
Address: 601 13th St NW
Suite 400 N
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-8600
Fax: 208-393-6137
Eligibility: Available for parents and health professionals regarding children up to age 21.
Services Provided: The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To this purpose, the AAP and its members dedicate their efforts and resources. An organization of 57,000 pediatricians dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Whether you are looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidelines concerning a pediatric issue, you have come to the right place.

The web site has information regarding the Academys many programs and activities; policy statements and practice guidelines; publications and other child health resources. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nations leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.

Please note, however, that the AAP Web site contains general information for parents of children from birth through age 21. We cant respond to requests from parents regarding the personal medical concerns of their children. Your family pediatrician is the best source for that information. In the event you dont have a pediatrician, we encourage you to use the AAP Pediatrician Referral Service available on this Web site or to contact the physician referral service at your local hospital.
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Last Updated: 10/30/2018