In the 2014 legislative session, Representatives Hy Kloc (D-Boise) and Doug Hancey (R-Rexburg) brought a bill that would have initiated a pilot of pre-kindergarten in the state of Idaho. Though the bill did not pass, it has stimulated much conversation about the benefits of Pre-k. More information….
It was almost a year ago that I first began exploring options for an education bill. Meeting with teachers and parents between legislative sessions, I quickly realized that the advantages of quality pre-kindergarten education made it the obvious choice. Most other states were already funding pre-K programs. Nationally, it was one of the few educational initiatives that appeared to have champions in every quarter, from science and industry to government. To my mind, there was every reason for optimism. […]
House of Representatives State of Idaho Hy Kloc- District 16, Ada County Committees- Education, Local Government Preschool education is not a new concept. Idaho is one of only a handful of states that doesn’t currently fund a preschool program. Years of research by neuroscientists tell us that the human brain is extremely receptive to stimuli, and will develop nearly 85% of its capacity during the first 5 years of life. Evidence suggests that preschool education helps to increase literacy capability […]
Early Childhood Education Gets A Introductory Hearing Check out Betsy Russell’s blog post this week on my early childhood education hearing – Reposted below, original can be found here. Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, was upbeat this morning after the House Education Committee agreed to introduce his bill for a preschool pilot program, after hearing his 45-minute presentation about the bill. “It was actually great – it gave me an opportunity really explain the bill,” Kloc said, and to address questions […]