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Idaho AEYC is the leading advocate for state, local, and federal investments in early childhood education. Idaho AEYC’s network of parents, child care providers, early educators, and concerned citizens create an informed voice on what policies are needed to promote the goal of a sustainably funded, high-quality system of early education for all children. IAEYC partners with Idaho Voices for Children, who advocates on health and safety net issues on behalf of the state’s young children.

State Allies:

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children • Boise, ID
Idaho Voices for Children • Boise, ID
Top Priorities for 2021

Engage families of color and other Idahoans impacted by program inequities and access barriers to inform the coalition’s policy agenda.

Expand access to early learning and preschool programs, especially for children of color.

Promote investments in Idaho’s child care industry as an economic recovery tool.

Increase Medicaid eligibility and benefits for kids and pregnant women.

Protect access to essential safety net services, including food assistance, housing assistance, and the child care program in response to the COVID-19 recession and state budget cuts.

Secure long-term commitments in early childhood policy agenda from lawmakers and the governor.

Idaho’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

97,894 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Idaho’s legislative session was ending as COVID-19 hit. During the session, advocates scored both policy and budget wins. Budget cuts primarily impacted K-12. Child care has received a lot of attention in Idaho during the pandemic, which should help propel child care policies in the future.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

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Idaho Allies Get Two Big 2020 Wins for Home Visiting: Additional State Investment and Medicaid Coverage

Securing state funding to grow the reach and impact of home visiting programs was a top priority for Alliance for Early Success ally Idaho Voices for Children. Advocates working with the legislature have secured a third year of state funding for home visiting that not only doubled the state’s investment to $2 million, but directed the state to pursue billing Medicaid for home visiting services.

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Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 


The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Idaho early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice