History

Giraffe Laugh originated in Hyde Park where the current Goody’s building is located. It was opened as a drop-in center for low-income moms to use while job searching or house hunting after receiving a section 8.

In 1989 Giraffe Laugh opened in Hyde Park as a non-profit, drop-in, childcare center. Here we provided respite care to parents who needed it for mental health reasons, drop-in care for parents who volunteered in the community, and drop-in options for parents searching for jobs or housing if they were homeless. No permanent care was available when Giraffe Laugh first opened which slowly changed when it was obvious children were bonding and had to leave the program once their parents needed more permanent care.

In 1992 Giraffe Laugh became a full-time non-profit preschool for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. We began ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures on a permanent daily basis.

In 1995 Goodies bought the building and Giraffe Laugh relocated to 901 Resseguie and increased services by 20%.

In 2005 Giraffe Laugh partnered with the City of Boise to provide care to homeless children from the shelters near Grand Ave. Giraffe Laugh 2 now serves more than 60 children including homeless and foster children and the general public.

In 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. This included 30 new children ages 10-days-old to 3-years-old.

In 2014 Giraffe Laugh ran a pilot Summer program at the Marian Pritchett Campus to close the summer learning gap. The program now serves over 30 Treasure Valley, school-age children.

In 2015 Giraffe Laugh opened another center to serve 75 of the 550 children on its waiting list in need of quality, affordable childcare and preschool opportunities.

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