Pre-K

Idaho Education News

Five years into a pre-K pilot program, the Boise School District is doubling down.

Free pre-kindergarten classes will open Monday at Garfield and Whittier elementary schools, as the district seeks to expand early education in neighborhoods with high poverty rates.


Tom Michael, Boise State Public Radio

A couple of Boise elementary schools have been piloting a pre-K program since 2015. Four years later, the program is expanding. In fact, twice as many Boise schools are now offering pre-K.

 

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It’s a final four of sorts, but it has nothing to do with basketball.

Idaho and Wyoming are now among only four states that do not fund preschool, according to a new report from the Education Commission of the States.

 

State-funded pre-k is coming up in the Mountain West. More states than ever are funding programs across the country. But of the handful that don't, three are in our region.

Pre-K And The Value Of Early Education

Apr 26, 2018

A recent poll conducted by the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children found 76% of Idaho voters support state-funded pre-kindergarten education. Despite the support, the 2018 State Legislature failed to address the need for early education.

Get 'em While They're Young

Apr 24, 2018

Idaho is losing out on thousands of jobs and, as a result, millions in undeclared wages.  This could have a devastating impact on Idaho's workforce and economy if the trend isn't reversed.

P-16 preschool class Caldwell
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is one of five states that doesn’t fund preschool. Most other states require their school districts to provide pre-kindergarten, or pre-K. Now education officials are reviewing the results of a test study that measures the impact of preschool in one Boise neighborhood.


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Boise State University’s Andrus Center for Public  Policy and the University of Idaho’s McClure Center for Public Policy have teamed up to host a conference on early childhood education in Idaho. It’s Monday at Garden City’s Riverside Hotel.  

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Another attempt at establishing public preschool in Idaho will likely be introduced this month in the state Legislature. Idaho is one of only a handful of states that doesn’t have statewide public preschool. Many lawmakers object to it on philosophical grounds, despite strong evidence it’s good for student success.