Our Preschool the Idaho Way Toolkit is designed to support your efforts to create a local preschool collaborative. By forming a collaborative, you can draw on local expertise to design and deliver preschool that works for the children and families in your community.

While it’s intended to be comprehensive, the toolkit allows for customization based on the dynamics of your community. It will help you find inspiration and think through key decisions to bring or enhance local preschool options. Regardless of where your community starts, the important thing is to begin moving toward and having a plan to implement high-quality preschool options.

Click on a section below to start exploring:

+ Introduction, Snapshot of Early Learning in Idaho, and Toolkit Glossary

These documents provide an overview of who should use this tookit and a rationale behind developing a local preschool collaborative. The toolkit glossary includes the components of a high-quality preschool program.

Learn More: Introduction, Snapshot of Early Learning in Idaho, and Toolkit Glossary

+ Section 1: Make the Case for Preschool

This section is designed to help you make the argument for why high-quality preschool should matter to your community. It outlines why early childhood education is so important, why it’s a good investment, and how Idahoans feel about it.

Learn More: Make the Case for Preschool

+ Section 2: Community Inventory

In this section, you will think through what is already available in your community, including both opportunities and potential barriers to success. This section will help you determine your vision and goals for a local preschool.

Learn More: Community Inventory

+ Section 3: Engage Partners

A successful preschool collaborative brings together advocates from all areas of the community to work toward a common goal. From local government officials and nonprofit leaders to parents and teachers, this section will help you understand who should be engaged and how.

Learn more: Engage Partners

+ Section 4: Build a Collaborative

This section will help you engage stakeholders and guide the development of a preschool collaborative.

Learn More: Build a Collaborative

+ Section 5: Design Preschool for Your Local Community

This section will help you make critical decisions about the design of your preschool. It includes case studies from other successful Idaho preschool programs.

Learn more: Design Preschool Decision Grid, Local Preschool Collaborative Profiles

+ Section 6: How-To Guides

These guides will help you build your collaborative and design your preschool program. You’ll learn how to determine your budget, find funding, engage families, build community support and much more.

+ Section 7: Tools and Resources

From existing guidelines to curriculum and training resources, this section will help both providers and families find the support they need and learn from others who have had success in building preschool programs.

Learn more: Tools and Resources

We are happy to be a resource throughout the process of establishing your collaborative and building your preschool program. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at Erika Lewis at elewis@idahoaeyc.org if there’s anything we can do to help you be successful.