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.
+ 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.
+ 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.
- Guide 1: Organize Your Leadership Team
- Guide 2: Internal Communication Tips
- Guide 3: Build a Collaborative Budget
- Guide 4: Collaborative Timeline Template
- Guide 5: Evaluate Success of the Collaborative
- Guide 6: Key Questions and Considerations for Preschool Design
- Guide 7: Build a Preschool Budget
- Guide 8: Preschool Funding Sources
- Guide 9: Engage Families
- Guide 10: Build Support and Leadership Through Effective Communication, Key Audience Chart
- Guide 11: Market Preschool in Your Community
- Guide 12: Public Policy and Advocacy
+ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s anything we can do to help you be successful.