Vandal Voices: The Business Case for Early Childhood Education
Aug. 29, 2019
Amsterdam Lounge (609 W Main St, Boise)
The Business Case for Early Childhood Education
Early learning is the foundation to our kids’ future success and, by extension, the success of the state’s economy, including maintaining thriving communities and businesses. During this Vandal Voices presentation, Mike Satz and Beth Oppenheimer will discuss the importance of early learning as the foundation to success beyond high school, how early learning is at the heart of a healthy economy and why higher education is invested in it.
Young children who have access to high quality early learning programs are more likely to enter school ready to learn, read by third grade, graduate high school and obtain a higher education degree. The benefits of early learning are endless yet many families in Idaho do not have access to or are unable to afford a high-quality program.
In addition to the benefits that high-quality early learning has on our youngest children, it also impacts our current workforce. Access to affordable early learning programs allow parents to participate in the workforce, which helps businesses to attract and retain talent and ultimately strengthens our economy.
It is time that Idaho public and private sectors invest in high quality early childhood education. Our current and future workforce depends on it.
The event is free and open to the public 21 years old and older.
About Mike Satz
Mike Satz is the University of Idaho’s associate vice-president and executive officer for southwest Idaho and represents the university in the region.
Mike supports efforts aimed and increasing Idaho’s go-on rates, with an emphasis on pre-K and STEM education outcomes. He is the chairperson of RICE-Treasure Valley’s Education Partnership and serves on the executive steering committee of the Educate Idaho Network and the Neighbor’s United steering committee and its Workforce and Adult Education committee. Satz also participates in the Boise Competes-Economic Development initiative and Boise State University’s Responsible Business initiative on behalf of U of I.
He also supports outreach efforts and organizations that work towards economic development in the area. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, City Club, and previously served on the board of trustees for the Idaho Technology Council. Mike also participates in the Boise Competes-Economic Development initiative and Boise State University’s Responsible Business initiative on behalf of U of I.
Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He later received his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School.
About Beth Oppenheimer
Beth Oppenheimer has spent many years advocating for the needs of young children and is committed to advancing opportunities for all Idaho families. As a working mother of two children, she understands the challenges facing working families and their abilities to support their children’s care and learning. Beth has served as the executive director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) since 2010. In her role at Idaho AEYC, she works tirelessly to ensure that all children have access to healthy, safe and quality child care and early childhood programs. She has led many initiatives which include strengthening child care licensing at both the city and state level, Let’s Move Child Care and is currently the lead advocate for state investments for preschool in Idaho.
Previously, Beth served as the associate director for the Student Union Building at Boise State University and was member of the Department of Student Affairs, where she enjoyed working with student employees and realized the challenges many Idaho college students face trying to balance work, family and schooling.
She has also worked on education, policy, and development issues for U of I, the Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area (DC) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Beth is very involved in her community and serves on several boards and committees which include the Treasure Valley YMCA, Andrus Center for Public Policy and, in 2016, was elected to serve on the Boise School District Board of Trustees. She was awarded one of Idaho’s Business Women of the Year in 2014 and 2017, as well as Idaho’s CEO of Influence in 2017.
About U of I Boise
Located in Boise’s Central District, the U of I Boise supports teaching, learning, research and outreach. We are uniquely suited to provide graduate programs, research and professional development opportunities in a metropolitan setting. U of I Boise is also focused on community impact, regional economic development and supporting university growth, as well as having an engaged university campus with a climate of inclusion for employees throughout Southwest Idaho.