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Dreaming of a Day

Today Idaho had an opportunity to accept a $6M grant from the Federal Government that began last year during Trump’s administration (PDG B-5) to further explore what supports parents need in Idaho, House Bill 226. As a result of the first year’s grant, 16 collaboratives were formed throughout The State of Idaho to determine what…

Renewed Hope

Do we dare look back too hard at 2020 as the promise of a new year is all we wish to look forward to? When I do reflect I am struck by how difficult last year was, but also how it gave me renewed hope for a world upended. As we headed into spring to…

The Christmas Spirit

December brings so much excitement for our little folks but often involves stress for the adults in their lives. At Giraffe Laugh, we are fortunate to have so many incredible donors who “adopt” families for Christmas who cannot traditionally provide for their children during the holidays. Sometimes it’s a meal they need and sometimes it’s…

Executive Functions

I hope you were able to attend our Futures Begin Here Premier! It was a roaring success and fun to be together without being near one another. Thank you to all of our supporters who were able to attend, and for those that couldn’t, the video is up on our website now and can be found…

Quality Education

When we talk about the importance of early childhood we often think in terms of Social Determinates that can predict with some accuracy the path a child’s development and future success will take.  Children that have abundant food, adequate shelter, and their family lacks financial stress, their determinants are strong and consistent. They often have…

The Answers We Wish We Had

Summertime brings with it the promise of hot days (some more than others) sunshine, vacation, and abandon to enjoy the things we love outdoors with family. The summer and year of 2020 however has been a unique one that has challenged all we know about the world. Boise is in the dreaded red zone during…

Preschool The Idaho Way

Opportunity gaps start early for children living in poverty. A child who enters kindergarten unprepared is 25% more likely NOT to finish high school and 60% more likely to skip college. With only half of the children in Idaho entering kindergarten prepared we have work to do. Of those unprepared at least half are living…

We Need YOU!

Irish Proverb: May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. We are deep into Strategic Planning at the present time and we need YOU to help us out. You have great ideas about what…

The Importance of Investing in a Child

February is the month of love. One thing we love around here is our Brain Builders aka Teachers. Every day we as a community of teachers, parents, and citizens are building the brains of our little ones. We love the work we are able to do and encourage parents and citizens to understand the importance…

Kindness Matters

As we close out this decade and our 30th year of serving families we are anxious to look to the future with 20/20 vision. But for now, we’d like to bask in the kindness and generosity of strangers that are abundant this season. We had a wonderful luncheon with many generous donors, we have anxious…