Child Care in Idaho is a summary report of the Idaho Child Care Study conducted by the University of Idaho and IdahoSTARS. The report examines the outcomes of IdahoSTARS training and professional development for child care providers. The report also includes a profile of Idaho’s child care providers and of children enrolled in child care in Idaho, including children with special needs.
The Inclusion in Idaho Study was funded by the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities and carried out by the University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development during the 2007-2008 school years. The primary purpose of the study was to determine whether there had been any changes in levels of and attitudes towards inclusion since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation in 2002.
Dr. Julie Fodor, Dr. Michelle Eaton, and Dr. Ling-Ling Tsao, members of the University of Idaho faculty, combined their expertise in this presentation for the 25th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their presentation ”Promoting Inclusive Childcare through a Quality Rating System and Incentives Program” outlines the components of the professional development structure within CDHD’s IdahoSTARS program. IdahoSTARS is a statewide program designed to assist parents by offering child care referrals and information about quality child care settings and to assist child care providers with a variety of professional development opportunities and resources. The voluntary professional development system is aimed toward individuals who work with children ages birth to 8 in a variety of settings utilizing inclusive practices.
Ron Seiler, Director, Idaho Assistive Technology Project at the UI Center on Disabilities and Human Development presented information on the partnership with Computers for Kids of Idaho to offer computers to students with disabilities, grades K thru 14. Two programs are available in this collaboration: a) Computers are available to students for home use and, b) Computers are available to rural school districts to use with students with special needs. The information was presented at the Idaho Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, “Professionals: Working for Students Today and Education Tomorrow” held in Sun Valley, October 1 & 2, 2009.
“The Emergence of Assistive Technology” presentation by Ron Seiler, Director, Idaho Assistive Technology Project for the NORCO Conference, on October 22, 2009, Boise, Idaho. Presentation includes a description of AT, legislative background related to AT, and an overview of the Idaho Assistive Technology Project, Idaho AgrAbility Program, and Idaho AT Reutilization Project.