Over 1,800 children in Idaho are reported abused and neglected every year. Giraffe Laugh helps lower the likelihood of child abuse by educating and empowering families.
Parents and guardians are the most important adult in a child’s life and their first teacher. When we enroll a child, we enroll a family. Parenting is not easy and when adults in a family feel connected, supported and have information on their journey, they are empowered and the entire family is strengthened.
Steps to empowering families:
- Giraffe Laugh holds annual parent & teacher conferences in the fall to talk about the development of their child(ren). Even infants are screened for developmental milestones. Conferences are a wonderful way to learn about early childhood development and what is “typical” but also a means to partner with parents in creating goals for each child.
- Giraffe Laugh works with other organizations to provide parenting information and classes through our monthly newsletter but also classes or workshops that are held throughout the year.
- Families are asked to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time each year. When adults in a child’s life are involved in their school they actually perform better and the family feels more welcome and empowered.
We can see the future from here!
Giraffe Laugh is a local nonprofit that provides early childhood education and nurturing to 150 Treasure Valley children annually by ensuring school readiness, empowering families, and building strong futures.
Giraffe Laugh has two full time centers serving children from birth to five years old, a full-time preschool program that serves children from three and a half to five years old, and a summer program that serves children that are of school-age.