Early Learning Day
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for a day of play!
Stay tuned for details about our 2020 event!
Young children and early learning advocates gathered at the Idaho State Capitol on February 6, 2019, for a day of play, filling the Rotunda to enjoy blocks, books, puzzles and playdough. It was the fifth year that Idaho AEYC hosted an Early Learning Day at the Capitol. The nonprofit was joined by Idaho Voices for Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Idaho Chapter, the Idaho Commission for Libraries and Ada Community Libraries.
Children from local programs participated in BLOCK Fest®, an interactive exhibit developed in Idaho. Rotating through stations featuring blocks of different sizes, children created patterns, built structures and told each other stories.
Idaho is one of six states that does not invest in preschool options for families with children 3 to 5 years old. Research shows that if a young child doesn’t have the right kinds of interactions in the first few years of life, the brain doesn’t build itself properly.
Young children need hands-on experiences – not hours sitting at desks – to develop critical math, literacy and social skills. Early Learning Day illustrates that kind of high-quality learning. For example, when children play with blocks, they are also building problem-solving skills, practicing math concepts such as length and comparison, learning to take turns, developing creativity and much more. The simple act of sculpting with playdough, as another example, also brings a multitude of development opportunities, from learning about shapes to building vocabulary as children explain what they are creating.