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Garden City's Preschool The Idaho Way Only 50% of children in Idaho enter kindergarten prepared. Giraffe Laugh and our partners aim to change that.

About:

Created through a collaboration with Family Advocates, Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, Garden City Public Library, Learning Lab and Futures Public School Garden City’s Preschool the Idaho Way aims to develop high-quality, affordable preschool opportunities for families by equipping Idahoans with the tools and resources they need to create and implement affordable, high-quality local solutions.

Giraffe Laugh applied for and received funds from Preschool the Idaho Way in partnership with Idaho AEYC to meet its goal of creating an affordable preschool solution for 4 and 5 year olds in Garden City.

Founded in 1989, Giraffe Laugh is a local non-profit that provides early care and education to young children.

Why accessible preschool in Garden City is so important:

  • There’s an estimated 370 children under the age of 5 without care in Garden City’s zip code.
  • 51% of the children currently in care in Garden City are at or below the poverty line.
  • The overall poverty rate of Garden City is 14.6% and as high as 27.2% in some areas. Research shows that poverty negatively impacts young children socially, developmentally, and academically.
  • Children who go to preschool are more likely to graduate from high school, continue with higher education and have more earning ability.
  • Garden City’s crime rate is 34% while Idaho’s is 21%. Children who have access to quality preschool are less likely to engage in criminal activity.
  • Only 50% of Idaho’s children begin Kindergarten with grade-level reading skills.

Our Goals:

  • Give 20 new families access to affordable early childhood education through PIW.
  • Provide resources for families with young children not yet in the school system.
  • Support a new generation in our community to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Ensure Kindergarten readiness for the children graduating from our program.
  • Provide access to quality care and education regardless of income.
  • Foster parent engagement and support through the strengthening families protective factors

Fees:

Fees are income based and on a sliding scale. Scholarships are available for families in need.

Preschool Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Preschool Schedule:

9:00 - 9:15 – Morning Arrival and Activities

9:15 - 9:30 – Morning Snack

9:30 - 9:50 – Circle Time

9:50 - 10:50 – Small Group and Centers

10:50 - 11:15 – Outside Time

11:15 - 11:45 – Free Play

11:45 - 12:00 – Noon lunch and Departure

Parents:

A Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) helps parents get involved, make social connections and learn more about their child’s school.

Parent Education Nights, offered once a month, are interactive workshops for parents to learn more about everything from how to promote early literacy, to how to foster STEM learning, to how to navigate having a blended family

If you have questions or would like to enroll your child, please contact our Preschool the Idaho Way Director Annie Fascilla.

annie@giraffelaugh.org or (208)954-5462

Credits:

Created with images by BBC Creative - "bethbap kids cars toys road carpet" • Gabe Pierce - "untitled image"