We envision educational justice where every child has an enriched environment to thrive.
Three-quarters of America’s schoolchildren are not participating in summer learning programs and in Idaho, only 8 percent of school-age children attend an after-school or summer enrichment program. Despite a growing awareness that summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income youth, the number, and percentage of children participating in summer enrichment programs is startlingly low.
Giraffe Laugh turns a summer learning loss into a summer learning gain for school-aged children from pre-kindergarten to pre-third grade through a stimulating environment that is a full-day, full-week, all-summer-long day camp. We provide enriching activities and learning opportunities that encourage reading, science exploration, field trips, swim lessons, social and emotional well-being, and summertime fun!
This program begins the day school is out according to the Boise School District calendar and ends on the final day before school begins.
This includes breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and all field trips. Swim lessons and some extracurricular activities are extra.
Summer Program 2019 Themed Weeks:
Week 1, Getting to know each other: Activites TBD
Week 2, S.T.E.M: HP Campus and the Whittenberger Planetarium.
Week 3, Safety Week: Water; Fire; Personal Safety. Visit From Smokey Bear. Trip to The Capital Building
Week 4, Animals: 1st Session of Swimming Lessons (Wk 1); Reptile Adventures. Trip to the Aquarium
Week 5, Cooking: 1st Session of Swimming Lessons (Wk 2) Cooking Matters class
Week 6, Patriotism: TBD
Week 7, Theater Arts Camp: Girl Scouts Implementing and Teaching Kids
Week 8, Art: Boise Art Museum – B.A.M.
Week 9, Nature:2nd Session of Swimming Lessons (Wk 1). Visit the Watershed
Week 10, International Culture and Olympics: 1st Session of Swimming Lessons (Wk 2). Visit Anne Frank Memorial
Week 11, Idaho History and Culture: Basque Museum; Historical Museum, Bogus Basin
Week 12, Catch Up Week: Work on things that we weren’t able to get to earlier in the summer.
To sign up, please contact our Summer School Age Program Director, Neile Kyle at Neile@giraffelaugh.org.
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.