30 Year Celebration

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Welcome to the

30th anniversary society

Giraffe Laugh Mission

Mission: We are a local non-profit that provides early care and education to young children by ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures.
Vision: Every child in the Treasure Valley has access to quality early care and education and all parents are supported through the early years of parenthood regardless of age or income.

We know by ensuring kids are ready for kindergarten and empowering families, we are building strong futures every day.

Video: Giraffe Laugh–A Day in the Life

Our Story

For 30 years Giraffe Laugh has been helping to ensure school readiness, empower families, and build strong futures right here in the valley! Take a look at our journey below.

1989: Giraffe Laugh opened in Hyde Park as a non-profit, drop-in, child care center, though no permanent care was available.
1992: Giraffe Laugh became a full-time non-profit preschool for children 6 weeks to 6 years old
1995: Goodies bought the building and Giraffe Laugh relocated to 901 Resseguie and increased services by 20%.
2005: Giraffe Laugh partnered with the City of Boise to provide care to homeless children from the shelters near Grand Ave.
2010: Giraffe Laugh partnered with the Salvation Army and the Boise School District to provide care to the pregnant and
parenting teens on the Marian Pritchett Campus.
2015: Giraffe Laugh 4 opened to serve 75 of the 550 children on its waiting list
2019: 30 years of impacting children in our community.

Choose Your Giving Level

Choose the giving level that best suits you.

$30

Per month for 30 months

  • As a thank you for joining you receive:
  • Limited 30th Society Mug
  • Your donation funds:
  • One month supply of construction paper
  • 1 pack of 50 diapers
  • breakfast for one child for a month

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Donate a custom Amount

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  • Donate by credit, debit, or check
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$90

Per month for 30 months

  • As a thank you for joining you receive:
  • Society Mug
  • Your donation funds:
  • 10 new board books for an entire classroom
  • One classroom set of culturally diverse dolls
  • Lunch and snack for one child for one month

 

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$120

Per month for 30 months

  • As a thank you for joining you receive:
  • Society Mug
  • One special edition Giraffe Laugh 30 year
    t-shirt
  • Your donation funds:
  • One session of swim lessons for 2 preschoolers
  • Scholarship for one child to attend preschool for a month

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Giraffe Laugh a non-profit?

Yes! Giraffe Laugh is a federally registered 501c3 organization.

How many children are served through Giraffe Laugh?

One any given day around 200 children are served by Giraffe Laugh across our 3 centers.

Can anyone attend Giraffe Laugh?

Yes! Giraffe Laugh welcomes all children regardless of any factors. We believe in educational justice and strive to provide access to those most in need.

What is the goal of Giraffe Laugh?

Giraffe Laugh’s overarching goal is to ensure that every child in the valley has access to quality early care and education. Every child deserves to have an equal start in life to set them up for future success in school and their life beyond.

Will you expand to other areas in Idaho?

It has always been a goal of Giraffe Laugh to extend our reach to children that need our services. One day we hope to have centers in Canyon County, Jerome County, Twin Falls County, and beyond. Currently our centers are only in Ada County, with proper funding we hope to change that.

Programs

Early Education

When children are born their brains are 25% developed and by the time they leave our program and enter kindergarten their brain is 90% developed. The biggest time of growth occurs during the first 5 years.

Food Pantry

1 in 6 children go to bed hungry in Idaho every night. Through our partnership with the Idaho Foodbank, Giraffe Laugh provides food pantries at all of our sites for families in need to access every day.

Summer School Age Program

More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Giraffe Laugh aims to bridge this gap with our K-6th grade summer program.

Parent Education

3600 children are abused and neglected in Idaho every year. When our parents are empowered and given information, support in times of need, and feel connected, they are less likely to abuse or neglect their children.

Preschool the Idaho Way

Giraffe Laugh has partnered with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children to bring a much needed half-day preschool program to the residents of Garden City located in the Boys and Girls Club.

We can see the future from here!

Giraffe Laugh, a local nonprofit, provides early childhood education and nurturing to 200 Treasure Valley children daily, by ensuring school readiness, empowering families, and building strong futures.

Giraffe Laugh has three full time centers serving children from 6 weeks to 6 years old. In addition to the three full time centers, Giraffe Laugh has a half day preschool program (Giraffe Laugh Garden City Preschool) and a summer program that serves school age children.