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Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground

Education Concept SquareBoise State University’s Andrus Center and the University of  Idaho’s McClure Center co-hosted a nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children on May 4, 2015. The two organizations joined together to identify an Idaho approach to increasing the share of children who enter Kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life.  Over 200 legislators, educators, business people and parents attended the one-day symposium.

Thank you to Idaho Public Television for recording the Early Learning symposium.  Watch here.

Early Learning in Idaho Conference Report Evelyn S. Johnson, Professor of Special Education, Boise State University and Executive Director, Lee Pesky Learning Center
Tina Starnes, Graduate Assistant, Department of Early and Special Education, Boise State University


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Rachel Canter
Executive Director,
Mississippi First

Diane Demarest
Chief Operating Officer,
Family Advocates

Rod Gramer
Idaho Business for Education

Representative Greg Hughes
Speaker of the Utah House

Aaron Kunz
Reporter, Producer and Host
Idaho Public Television

John McFarlane
Idaho City Schools

Beth Oppenheimer
Executive Director,
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children

Representative Christy Perry
Chair, Idaho House Ways
and Means Committee

Priscilla Salant
Director, McClure Center for
Public Policy Research
University of Idaho

Debra Sanchez
Senior Vice President,
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Dr. Noreen Womack
Pediatrician, St. Luke’s
Treasure Valley Pediatrics

Senator Steven Thayn
Vice Chair,
Senate Education Committee

Planning Committee

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