About Us

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) have partnered on a business toolkit for child care to highlight ways through which the business community can:

  • expand the availability of child care,
  • promote ways to make child care more affordable, and
  • promote child-friendly workplace policies to help families better balance the stress between work and family.

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC)  is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization operating to ensure that all children thrive wherever they grow and learn. The early years are a time of remarkable brain growth in children and lay the foundation for subsequent learning and development. Up-front investments in quality care and early education translate into direct returns for the state, our communities and society as a whole. Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education.

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, operating to unite and mobilize the business community on key public policy issues by delivering well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues.   For several decades, CED has provided a business voice in support of early learning programs.  CED policy studies Why Child Care Matters (1993), Preschool for All (2002), Unfinished Business (2012) and CED commissioned research – including research conducted by Nobel Laureate in Economics James Heckman – made the economic case arguments for early investments in children and identified child care as a central workforce issue. Recent studies and policy papers include: Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit (2017) and Child Care in State Economies: 2019 Update.