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Giraffe Laugh is “Building Stronger Futures” at The Franklin!

Providing care and education to 80 additional children at The Franklin means Building Stronger Futures for children who live nearby, as well as the ability to strengthen more families.

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Our Vision

With the closure of over 300 centers in Idaho during the Pandemic, the workforce was impacted greatly. The Workforce Development Child Care Grant program was approved by the Idaho Legislature to address Idaho’s child care crisis. 

Giraffe Laugh was awarded $1.1 million to construct a new center at the corner of Franklin and Orchard. The center will be adjacent to a 210 housing unit with 90% of the units considered affordable housing. This will allow us to serve 80 more children and families who can work, play and live in their own neighborhood and who needs us most.

I know how important access to safe, affordable childcare is to working parents, which is why I am so excited to celebrate the approval of a new childcare facility at The Franklin, a soon to be opened mixed-use development on Franklin and Orchard. An amazing, local childcare provider, Giraffe Laugh, will run the facility to provide care for up to 80 kiddos. This will be one of the largest childcare facilities in our city, serving infants up to pre-K.

As a parent, making sure your kids are in safe hands is on the forefront of your mind. I remember the role dependable care provided while raising my own two children. We are working hard to ensure safe, affordable childcare is available because reliable childcare creates greater opportunity for every Boise family.

Lauren McLean

Mayor, City of Boise

Thriving Childcare for a Thriving Idaho

Giraffe Laugh envisons a future in which every child can thrive. We want to continue our mission while expanding to more low-access areas and taking our teaching capabilities to the next level with best-in-class tools and training.

We aim to…

    1. Increase reading readiness, helping more Idaho children prepare to enter kindergarten.
    2. Provide equitable access to children from low-income to middle-income families.
    3. Build a stronger workforce and a community of healthy, happy citizens.

Donations

In order to expand our impact to serve 80 new children with the least access to quality care, we need to raise a total of $2.4 million. At every donation level, our generous supporters have a direct impact on the success of our students, their families, and ultimately, our community.

All donations will be recognized on our bubble wall in the entryway. Bubble size will correspond with gift size.

Invest in Idaho education and young children in our community! Secure your bubble on our recognition wall today. 

Ways to Give

Pledge Form

Please download this form and fill it out.

Completed forms can be emailed to cassandra@giraffelaugh.org, dropped off at our administrative office (address below), or mailed to our administrative office (address below).

Giraffe Laugh Administrative Office

4094 W Chinden Blvd.

Ste. #100

Garden City, ID 83714

Online Donation

Click the button below to be redirected to our donation platform.

Questions?

Contact Cassandra Wagner at cassandra@giraffelaugh.org or (208) 954-5456.

Early Supporters

Anne Kunkel & Jason Pintler

Bank of Idaho

Briana & Patrick McLaughlin

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

Boise Cascade Company

Breanna & Kyle Brush

Dix Brown Memorial Fund

Donna Dempster-McClain & John McClain

Dorothy Hardee

Emily & Kurt Solly

Empire Title & Escrow

George & Bev Harad

Howard & Antonia Hedrick

HP, Inc.

Idaho Futures Fund in ICF

Idaho Workforce Development Council

Jane & John Kuechle

Jeff & Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer & Ross Erickson

Joe & Lori Fascilla

Jonna & Reed Weber

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

Laurel York Odell & Kelly Odell

Linda & Jim Hardee

MDU Resources Foundation

Micki & Dan Chapin

Mike & Hannah Sharp

Mountain West Bank

Rocio & Enrique Rivera

Sara & Matt Harvey

Saucerman Construction

Stu & Molly Guenther

The Jeker Family Trust

Vanessa Lewis

Ensuring School Readiness

Empowering Families

Building Strong Futures

We can see the future from here!

Giraffe Laugh is a local nonprofit that provides early childhood education and nurturing to 170 Treasure Valley children annually by ensuring school readiness, empowering families, and building strong futures.

Giraffe Laugh has two full-time programs that serve children 0-5 years old, a full-time preschool program that serves children 3.5-5 years old, and a summer program that serves children that are of school-age.