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MARCH 2014



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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide


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Contents March 2014 Features


Volume 2, Number 3

Columns 6

Crafts on a Dime: St. Patrick’s Day craft

15 moMENts: Helping baby sleep


Music Lingua:


Shannon Glenn:

Languages and fun

Spring break: Low-cost activities

Spring Break Camps List


Reading to a dog

18 Manic Mothering:

Sales & Marketing Melva Bade 208-501-9024

Exchange students

Departments 5

Social Skills: Traveling with kids


All in Good Taste: Ratatouille

Distribution Specialists Doris Evans and Shauna Howard

3 Preschoolers’ moms

What MOPS meant to me 13

Puentes Preschool: Habla español


Graphic Design Denice King Contributors Beth Markley, Susan Evans, Amy Larson, Patrick Hempfing, and Samantha Stillman



Editor Gaye Bunderson 208-639-8301 Associate Editor Jodi Hurley-Sollars

In Each Edition


Publisher Sterling Media Ltd.

Editor’s Intro Love for books


Family Events Calendar: Family friendly activities & events for March & early April!

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Creating an enthusiasm for books March is National Reading Month across the U.S. It’s always very encouraging to me when kids love to read. I’m not an educator or any other kind of expert on the subject, but it seems that when children appreciate the written word, they’re tapping into something that’s going to help them make headway in life. I’m amazed at the quality of people in our communities who use their skills and talents for the betterment of our younger population. Teachers obviously make an incredible contribution, but there are other people as well, and I’ve met a number of them. For instance: Nampa Public Library staffers Laura Abbott and Joyce Gergen take their jobs very seriously. Abbott is youth services coordinator and Gergen is preschool specialist at the library. Like most libraries, they hold Storytime and Lapsit programs and, through them, the women inspire enthusiasm for reading and learning in children from infants to preschoolers. They incorporate lessons on science, math, poetry, counting money, identifying colors, recognizing shapes, and much more, and it’s all done in an entertaining framework that includes dancing and other lively activities. “I feel we’re giving them the chance to succeed or grow more. I want everyone to succeed and feel good about themselves about reading,” Gergen said. Both she and Abbott stress the value of getting parents and other caregivers involved in a child’s reading at home, and an American Library Association program called Every Child Ready to Read educates parents and caregivers on ways they can foster literacy skills in their young people. Along with stepby-step reading techniques, it’s also possible — if done properly — to instill in children a genuine enthusiasm for books (whether paper or electronic). “Let them have some ownership of a book,” Abbott said. “Build a positive association with books. … Remember, they like familiarity and repetition.” “If they don’t like a book, don’t force them to read it. Allow children to read books they like,” Gergen said, explaining she frequently asks children what they’re interested in. She may get answers ranging from monsters to princesses, but since there are books available on almost every subject, she’ll work to find a book on a topic the child will enjoy. The women said that if a child only wants to read two or three pages of a book and then move on to some other activity, their brief reading time still engages them, and it’s still fun. Even though adults or older children may prefer to enjoy some alone time curled up with a book, that’s not the case for

Joyce Gergen, preschool specialist at Nampa Public Library, reads to children during a recent Storytime at the library. (Courtesy photo)

younger children. “For them, human interaction is important for reading,” Gergen said. Cindi Elliott, director at the LearningRX Boise Brain Training Center West in Meridian, helps students reach their full potential to “learn, read, and succeed,” according to her website at She offered the following five simple steps for parents to use in order to help build their youngsters’ reading skills: 1. Play rhyming games. 2. Use “echo reading,” where the parent reads first, then the child, then the parent, etc. 3. Use “choral reading,” where parents and children read together out loud. 4. Play games that involve words, such as Mad Gab, What’s Gnu, Scrabble, and Slam (see http://media.learningrx. com/12-free-brain-building-apps-for-kids/ for more information). 5. Take them to the library! Both parents and children can enjoy these activities. Not only is the young person benefiting, but it also counts as “quality time together.” n Gaye Bunderson, Editor

Cover Child of the Month Idaho Family Magazine is holding a Cover Child of the Month contest. Your child — or children — could be featured on our cover, just like the child on this month’s cover. Send photos to me at All photos sent should be high quality, meaning clear not blurry, and high resolution of around 300 dpi. They must also be in color; no black and white photos will be accepted. They need to be vertical, not horizontal. Photos should be of the child only, with no adults. Please also provide the child’s name and age, parents’ names, and the community the family lives in. Only the first name of the child will be printed, and all other information will be kept private. All photos received will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and a winner will be selected.

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Shannon Glenn helps little ones sleep

Shannon Glenn of Sleep Well Children

By Gaye Bunderson There are few things more precious than a sleeping baby, and there are few things more aggravating than a fussing baby who won’t fall asleep or stay asleep at naptime or bedtime. Shannon Glenn of Meridian helps babies and toddlers slumber. A certified consultant through the national Sleep Sense Program, she took up the profession after struggling with her own baby’s sleep issues. She was guided through the process of helping her child rest better by the experts at Sleep Sense, and she eventually founded her own company, Sleep Well Children, using what she learned. “We had our first child, a daughter, seven years ago,” Glenn said. With a background in counseling and early childhood development, she believed she would fly through the process of handling an infant. “I thought I had it in the bag, but it didn’t work out that way,” she said. Her baby’s lack of a sound sleeping routine made life miserable until Mom got help. Glenn stresses that up to the age of about 6 months, babies should be expected to awaken throughout the night.

However, beyond that, ongoing struggles with a consistent sleep pattern, including waking up a lot at night and struggling to nap, may indicate the child and his or her parents need some assistance. “I teach them ‘this is what’s normal, this is what’s not normal,’” Glenn said. Solutions need to be individualized to fit family dynamics, the infant’s sleeping environment, and other points unique to that baby’s situation. With about 30 percent of sleep-challenged babies, there is a physical cause behind the problem; in that instance, Glenn refers clients to pediatricians. But as was the case with her own daughter, an inability to develop independent sleeping skills is frequently behaviorally related. “A temperament tends to go along with it,” she said. When parents ask her when they should start doing something about their infant’s poor sleeping habits, she tells them the sooner the better, or generally around 6 months. “Six to 14 months is easiest on the baby and best for success,” she said. The entire process can take as little as three to seven days, but the older a child is, the longer it takes. In the case of some toddlers, sleep dysfunction may be a matter of poor discipline.

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“I try to bring structure into their lives with a consistent routine. If you see push-back, you are not consistent in your routine and in your parenting responses,” Glenn said. Because of their lack of development at this stage, toddlers have a propensity for tantrums, and rules about things such as a consistent bedtime schedule can incite a burst of bad temper. “That can make for a big scene,” Glenn said. “Parents need to be in control, and assert their control.” Toddlers and parents meet with her together. “My approach is very gentle, and my methods are individual to the child. I use fun and engaging ways to bring the toddler into the process, such as a fun bedtime routine chart,” she said. She acknowledged that during the phase of trying to get a child into a regular sleep pattern, there may be some crying — but it gets better; and she isn’t a proponent of the “crying-out method,” or letting a baby (or toddler) wail nonstop until he or she finally falls asleep. Kerri Carmouche of Meridian, a client of Glenn’s who also disagrees with the crying-out method, faced serious fatigue after the birth of her second child. “Everyone expects to be tired when they have a baby, but one year after my second daughter was born, I was more than tired,” Carmouche said. “I was up between five and ten times per night breastfeeding my daughter and was getting approximately three to four hours of sleep, total. I was exhausted and depleted. I knew I couldn’t continue doing our usual ‘routine’ much longer.” With Glenn’s help, she was able to create a calmer nighttime for herself and her daughter and said it was a more than welcome change. “I feel like I have my sanity back and I am a better mom to both of my daughters now that I am getting sleep again,” she said. “There has been a marked improvement in my baby’s attitude, as she is getting more sleep now also.” The busy pace of modern life can sometimes contribute to poor sleeping habits, according to Glenn. “A really good, consistent bedtime and nap routine is important. For many busy people today, that’s so hard,” she said. n For more information, go to

Social Skills

Traveling with kids for spring break low sugar content snacks like carrots and grapes will help keep your child hydrated; books, toys and games with few pieces will prevent loss and keep them entertained. Do your best to keep to your regular routine as much as possible. Take a break while driving to let your children run a little or take them for a walk down the aisle of the plane in between service schedules. We are what we wear: Dress your child in clothes that are comfortable, attractive and a bit dressier than their normal everyday attire. They will sense that this is a special occasion and behave accordingly. A special note on airplane travel: Secure seats at the back of the plane to be closer to the toilets. You will also have additional space to stand up and stretch during the flight. Do not allow your children to run up and down the aisle, make too much noise, or kick the back of the seat in front of them. You must respect that not all travelers (especially those on business) are happy about sharing air space with children. n

Susan Evans owns Social Essence, an Eagle-based company serving the Treasure Valley. She offers youth culture and adult culture programs designed to help participants improve their professional and personal lives. She may be reached at, 631-0576, or


By Susan Evans Spring break is rapidly approaching, and many of us are planning a trip via plane, train or automobile. Here are some etiquette tips and tricks for you. First and foremost, involve your children in the planning process. They should be familiar with the mode of travel before you actually take off. We all know that young children thrive on a regular schedule and will have a meltdown when it is interrupted. I remember our first long automobile trip with the twins. My husband was used to “driving straight through,� and I could not get him to take a break often enough and did we pay for it! So, take the children to the airport or train station for a tour if they have never been before to familiarize them with the environment and get them used to the idea of new experiences. All of this will encourage good behavior when you embark on your excursion. Restrictions in your child’s movement will cause anxiety so pack the essentials:

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A St. Patrick’s Day tealight craft By Samantha Stillman I’m so excited to start this crafting journey with you! I love making things to add flavor to my home and I like it even more when it’s cheap! You will come to realize that

Supplies needed: Picture 1

Cost: as little as $1 for some pretty paper depending on what you already have.

Craft paper Scissors Double-sided tape or hot glue Pen or pencil Cardboard Tealight Optional: cup, ruler


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1. Use your tealight to trace and cut out three cardboard disks. These are meant to help insulate the heat that the tealight will produce. Picture 2 2. Using the bottom of a cup or freehand, roughly trace a circle with a diameter of around 2.5 inches around the tealight. Trace the tealight in the center. Picture 3 3. Make small cuts around the circle. This will create small flaps. Cut off every other flap, and using the scissors bend each flap up. This will create the bottom of your candle holder and the flaps will overlap the cardboard. Pictures 4 and 5 4. Cut a strip of your craft paper wide enough to cover the base to the top of the tealight and 6 inches long. It should measure just under 3cm wide. Picture 6 5. Using the double-sided tape or hot glue place the strip of paper around the tealight and its base. Press firmly to set. Pictures 7 and 8. 6. Cut three more strips the same size as the one covering your tealight holder. Roughly 3cm x 6 in. Bend each in half and use a pen/pencil to roll the ends inward. Using a small strip of tape or hot glue, place the rolled edges together to form a heart shape. Press firmly to set. For more durability, hot glue may be the better choice in this step. Pictures 9 and 10 7. Once three hearts are made, glue or tape them at their points. Tape or glue the crease of the edging on the tealight toward the center of your heart points. For added decoration, make additional clovers by making four heart shapes and attaching them at their points. Pictures 11 and 12


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MUSIC Lingua

Where children learn new languages

Veronica Fletcher, owner of Music Lingua, uses different themes for each of her classes, teaching the related language for that theme. One example is Life on a Farm. (Photo by Gaye Bunderson)

By Gaye Bunderson In a comfortable home setting at her own residence off Warm Springs Avenue, Veronica Fletcher helps Treasure Valley children broaden their horizons by learning to speak a foreign language. Her business is called Music Lingua, and she specializes in Spanish and French. “I’m trying to reach out to the youngest children, making it a familiar place where they feel comfortable and making it low-stress. They learn better in that kind of environment,” Fletcher said. A human’s facility for languages is sharpest from 0 to 8 years old, contributing to small children’s ability to learn their native tongue from their parents. Fletcher refers to this as a “neural connection” that diminishes as children mature; each language has its own neural connection, she said. After age 8, the ability to make the connections starts to fade. Fletcher uses songs, drama, games, dance and art to inculcate the language into her small students. “I give them as much immersion as I can. I use a lot of props for them to see and touch, sounds, a lot of repetition,” she said. Music Lingua classes run from 10 to 12 weeks. Fletcher said she doesn’t list the cost of participating in the program because she wants any parent who is interested to be able to enroll his or her child or children. Each class revolves around a theme and the related language for that theme. Themes include Life on a Farm and Life at Home, and there are seven themes in all. Music is an important part of the program because there is a link between music and language (Music Lin March 2014 | Idaho Family Magazine

gua) that makes song lyrics easy to remember, according to Fletcher. Parents are given a packet for their children, and in it is a CD of songs in either French or Spanish. Participation by parents is essential for the program to be effective, Fletcher said, and it works best when they reinforce the language at home. They can play the CD, as well as use a worksheet to communicate with the child in the language being studied. Fletcher said that frequently, parents who enroll their children in Music Lingua have some connection to the language, such as a relative is able to speak it and they want the child to be able to converse in it; but that is not the only reason. Catalina Flores Gamino, who enrolled her two children (Mariana, 7, and Julian, 3) in the program said Spanish is already spoken in the Gamino home, and she wanted her children to learn French as well. “We love music and we thought Music Lingua could be a great idea to combine music with another language. My kids love to learn new words in a different language. They are very proud to speak more than one,” Gamino said. Having her children learn about other places and people is also a plus for her. “They learn another culture, that all of us are part of the same world, with different traditions and language, and that we need to respect that,” she said. According to Fletcher, studies indicate that learning a foreign language “increases your brainpower” and helps facilitate the ability to learn other things as well; there are cognitive and creative benefits beyond being able to speak in another tongue.

Veronica Fletcher and some of her students at Music Lingua wear the ladybug hats they made in class. They learned the French word for ladybug: Coccinelles. (Courtesy photo)



Like Gamino, she sees learning another language as also having far-reaching significance. “It expands our horizons and helps us understand the rest of the world,” she said. She herself is quadrilingual, meaning she is fluent in four languages, including English, French, Spanish and Arabic. “My family was a multi-cultural, traveling around the world family,” she said. Her mother was French and taught her the language; her father taught her English; she studied Spanish in school; and she learned Arabic at age 6 when her family lived in Lebanon. “In my ‘tweens,’ I started to learn Greek, but by then it was already getting harder,” she said. She currently has 28 students enrolled in Music Lingua. She keeps her class size small, with only three to six children for each 45-minute session. For more information, email or call 571-1713. n

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Inexpensive tips to avoid boredom By Amy Larson The smell of springtime is in the air, soft breezes are beckoning, and tiny plants are lifting their leaves. When spring break rolls around, we’re more than ready for warm weather, but nothing’s worse than being a spring break parent who’s unprepared. (I’ve learned the hard way). Should that happen, your reward will be getting to hear, “I’m bored; what should I do?” for days. Since spring break could tend to set the tone for the rest of the summer, here are some ideas for keeping the whole family engaged and entertained — without spending a lot of money.

Keep a photo journal

Choose a family photojournalist or two, assigned to take photos of everything you do together during the break, documenting the fun you had. Make it something to look back on for years to come.

For the birds

Help the kids make bird feeders from pine cones (spreading peanut butter or honey on the edges, then rolling it in bird seed and hanging it on a string). Hang the pine cones on tree branches close to a window where you have meals, so your family can watch the birds eating when you do.

Can’t get out of town?

Is it breezy out? Great! Kites are an inexpensive method for amusement. Find a nearby park and thrill the kids with a lesson on lift, drag, and gravity during National Kite Month (March 29-May 4), when people from around the world will be introducing children to the fine art of kite flying and its rich history. You can educate your kids by telling them how kites were invented in China, where silk and other perfect kite materials were readily available, and tie it into the Benjamin Franklin story of his flying a kite, getting struck by lightning, and discovering electricity. (A story which may not be suitable for younger audiences; parental discretion advised).

Bag it

Top off your busy days with a refreshing treat: homemade ice cream made in freezer bags. Instead of churning, this method requires the ice cream to be tossed back and forth between two people. Kids create their own flavors, naming them after themselves or loved ones, like, “Caitlyn’s Crunch.” Recipes can be found online by entering “Homemade Ice Cream in Baggies.”

Bad weather activities

In case of inclement weather: watch a movie trilogy, create a hopscotch board with painter’s tape on the floor, set up a tent in the living room, fold origami frogs and have a jumping contest, put together an indoor obstacle course, make sock puppets, or paint and create “pet” or designer rocks. Whatever you decide to do, make spring break enjoyable for everyone — both the kids AND the parents. n These days, former electrical contractor Amy Larson is now a writer, editor, and book coach, helping new writers throughout the Treasure Valley turn their ideas into finished manuscripts. In her spare time, she explores her beloved Idaho.


Set up a tent in the backyard, build a fire in a freestanding fire pit, (or just use your grill) and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Make huge parent points by sleeping out in the tent overnight (camping air mattresses are super helpful in these situations), and by telling slightly over-embellished, memorable stories while the kiddos are snuggled down into their sleeping bags. In the morning, you can cook breakfast outdoors. This is no hassle if you pre-make breakfast burritos the day before, rolling them into tin foil to be placed in the fire for warming.

Harness the wind

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SPRING Break Camps

Boise Contemporary Theater — Amateur actors can get dramatic at BCT’s Theater Lab Spring Break Camp March 24-28. There are separate classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 6-8 and children 9-12. Participants will show off their talents in a cumulative performance at the end of the week. Cost is $250 per student; scholarships are available. Visit www. for more information. Boise P&R Mountain Biking — Young riders of all abilities can explore the trails of the Boise Foothills and learn new mountain biking skills, as well as bike safety and maintenance, at this camp co-sponsored by Boise Parks & Recreation and the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. Children ages 9-12 take the early portion of the day from 9 a.m. to noon, while the 6- to 8-year-old set rides from 1-4 p.m. March 24-28. Participants meet at the Fort Boise Community Center. Cost is $63.50 for Boise residents and $97.88 for non-residents. For more information go to Boise Rock School — A songwriting camp for kids ages 10 and up will be presented by The Cabin and Boise Rock School from 9 a.m. to noon March 24-28 at 1404 W. Idaho. Kids will begin writing their own songs on the very first day, using hooks, rhymes and words that “sing.” They may bring instruments if they have them. Cost is $150 for Cabin members and current Rock School students and $185 for non-members. For more information, go to www.thecabinidaho. org or

Boise WaterShed — The Boise WaterShed holds spring break programs from 10 a.m. to noon March 24-28. Youngsters are welcome to create spring eco-crafts, make paper from recycled materials, and other eco-friendly activities. For more information, visit Bronco Academy — The Boise State Spring Break Bronco Academy is designed for both boys and girls of all ages and abilities to play soccer in a fun and safe environment. There are a number of camp options March 24-27. Register online at

also features the “It’s Great to Skate! Spring Break Camp” during the same time frame. Visit the website for more details.) Meridian United — The Meridian United Sports Center Academy will hold a spring break soccer camp for children ages 4 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24-27. Cost: $100. For more information, go to

The Cabin — The Log Cabin Literary Center (The Cabin), in partnership with Boise Art Museum, will hold Myth Maker writing camps for children in 6th through 9th grades from 9 Bronco Elite Athletics — Bronco a.m. to noon March 24-28. Stories will Elite Athletics holds school break day camps with themes from “Super Heroes” be inspired by the art of Anna Fidler, to “Carnival Madness” for kids ages 4-12. with three interactive visits to the BAM exhibition titled “Vampires and Wolf For more information, email boiseinMen.” Cost is $135 for Cabin and BAM or call 389-9005. members and $165 for non-members. Discovery Center — Explore aspects For more information, go to of archeology and paleontology, tackle Continued on page 16 some biology and zoology — including a real dissection — and throw in some botany (for fun) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Where there is no counsel, the people fail, but in the multitude of counselors each day March 24-28 at the Discovery there is safety.” Center of Idaho. The day camps are -Proverbs 11:14 NKJV for kids in 1st through 4th grades. Cost is $165 for members and $195 for nonHRIS IAN members. For more information, go to LINICAL ONCEPTS,LLC Gem State Gymnastics Academy Currently assisting — If your kids are bouncing off the Individuals, Couples, walls, let them try gymnastics during a Groups, Families, spring break day camp from 7 a.m. to & Churches 6 p.m. (classes held throughout the day) We offer biblically based professional counseling for: March 24-28 at Gem State Gymnastics • Addictions • Stress Management Academy. Cost is $35 per day pre-paid • Anger Management • Life Transitions or $40 per day day-of, with a 10 per• Anxiety • Eating Disorders cent sibling discount. Visit • Depression • Self- harming behaviors for • Divorce Recovery • Trauma and Abuse more information. • Grief & Loss • PTSD/Bi-Polar/Major Mental Illness


Idaho Ice World — The Edge Spring Break Hockey Camp at Idaho Ice World will be held March 24-28. The camp is for children ages 5-12. Cost is $125, and registration is open through March 21. For more information, go to or contact Kory Scoran at 608-7717 or kscoran@ (Idaho Ice World

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A group for preschoolers’ moms

MOPS coordinator Tricia Shindle is shown with her husband Fred and her two children, Frederick, 4, and Mandie, 6. (Courtesy photo)

By Gaye Bunderson A very unconventional acronym denotes a very beneficial group: MOPS. Those four letters don’t stand for anything related to housecleaning; they stand for Mothers of Preschoolers. The international organization launched in 1973 in Denver, Colo. The idea behind the group is that mothers of very young children need to get together and lend each other support and encouragement. They enjoy food and crafts while also receiving information on early childhood parenting. MOPS generally meets at churches, but Tricia Shindle, coordinator for the chapter that meets at Calvary Chapel in Boise, said: “It’s not a Bible study; there’s no need to be Christian. Moms can get together with other moms and they’re not alone.” For those people who are Christians, the organization is completely non-denominational. While their children are looked after by caring volunteers, MOPS members gather to listen to an informative speaker. That may include pediatricians, who address topics such as developmental milestones in children, or someone in health care or a related industry who offers self-care tips for the moms themselves. The Calvary Chapel group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the

church, located at 123 S. Auto Drive. Members enjoy a potluck brunch and, as a finale to their meeting, they participate in crafts. “Without children, you can actually be crafty,” Shindle said. “You can get out the glue and glitter without the kids.” Shindle joined MOPS more than three years ago. “The first meeting was amazing. They immediately welcomed me, and I knew no one,” she said. During MOPS meetings, tables are arranged so that women from the same town can sit together and get to know one another. Following Shindle’s second year of membership, she became a table leader. Later, when she was named a chapter coordinator, she attended leadership development events, like the one held last year in Kansas City, Mo. MOPS, she said, wants women to get training and develop skills — things they may have left behind when they quit jobs to become stay-at-home mothers. Shindle devotes about 10 hours a week to the organization and said: “I do a lot alongside my kids. When I serve others, my children are seeing that.” Along with the 50 MOPS members in Shindle’s group, there are also five Mentor Moms. “They are in different stages of life, and they offer support, knowledge and wisdom,” Shindle said. There is also a MOMSnext group that meets at the same time and place as

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MOPS, but is for mothers of school-age children. The group at Calvary started only recently, and so far, there are about 10 members, according to Shindle. Occasionally, MOPS members organize a “Mom’s Night Out” event that may include movie and a meal, or just coffee. “We’re humans too. We need time on our own,” Shindle said. MOPS meets from September to May. There are membership fees to belong, including an international membership fee of $24 a year and a local fee of $40 a semester, with two semesters. No one is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay. MOPS holds annual fundraisers in order to provide “scholarships” for lowincome moms. The organization’s website reads: “MOPS is about meeting the needs of moms — urban, suburban, rural, stay-at-home, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single and married moms — and is for every mom from conception through kindergarten. … It’s being moms that brings us together, and wanting to be the very best moms we can be.”

Other chapters The Calvary Chapel Boise MOPS chapter is not the only one in the valley. Below is a list of other MOPS meeting sites in the area: 1. The Summit Church, 10375 W. Overland Rd., Boise — meets the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 2. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4848 N. Five Mile Rd., Boise — meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 3. Eagle Church of the Nazarene, 1001 W. State St., Eagle — meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. 4. Crossroads Community Church, 4170 E. Amity Ave., Nampa — meets the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 5. Christ the King Church, 1415 Lone Star Road, Nampa — meets the first Thursday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 6. Calvary Chapel Caldwell, 911 Everett St. — meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. n

First-person account: How MOPS membership benefited me By Stephanie Hartruft (Editor’s note: Below, in her own words, a former member of MOPS and now a MOMSnext coordinator, talks about what membership in the groups has meant to her.)

My name is Stephanie Hartruft and I joined MOPS as a new mom in November 2003. I was living in Atascadero, Calif. with my husband of three years. I was invited to MOPS by a good friend who had also recently had her first baby, and together we attended our first meeting. We were both looking for a reason to be showered, dressed and put together for adult conversation while our little ones were being taken care of. I was instantly sold that MOPS was for me. I finished the year out with those loving women, but in August 2004 my husband hired on with Idaho Power and we moved to beautiful Meridian, Idaho. We bought our home and I got plugged into MOPS as soon as I could. I was living in a new state where I knew all of three people and I had a young son that was 18 months old and I had just had a miscarriage. I needed MOPS. I was welcomed so warmly by the Calvary Chapel Boise MOPS group. About a year later my husband was severely injured in an accident that resulted in the bilateral amputation of his arms just below both elbows. We were Life Flighted (I was a passenger only; the accident was work related). My husband was in the Burn Trauma ICU for six weeks followed by rehab at the Rehab Institute of Chicago for almost three months. I was also 12 weeks pregnant with our second child and now had a 2½-year-old son as well. When we returned to Meridian, I had my MOPS moms there for support. When I had my daughter less than two months after returning from Chicago, my MOPS table group was there to bring meals until I was ready to get back on my feet. I had become especially close with one mom, Sherri Knuff, and she continues to be such a blessing to me and my family. We have traded childcare throughout the years, had family dinners together, and our sons are the best of friends.

MOPS has given me friendships that I never would have had otherwise and given me skills and knowledge that I would have never had an opportunity to acquire. I was part of MOPS for many years as a face in the crowd, a mom needing encouragement, friendships and me-time. But after several years as a “receiver,” I felt a change. I was more confident as a mom. I had three children and I was mentoring other moms through their hard times. It was then that I decided to become a table leader. After two years as a table leader, I felt called to step up and take on the role of coordinator. I coordinated for three years, until my youngest child was in kindergarten. Now I coordinate the MOMSnext group at Calvary Chapel for moms of school-aged kids.

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ALL In Good Taste

Cooking Matters teaches low-income individuals and families in Idaho how to identify, shop for, and prepare delicious, simple, healthy meals on a budget. They are always looking for volunteer support to help teach these cookingbased nutrition courses. If you would like to get involved, contact Cooking Matters at (208) 577-2692.

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Kids get chance to ‘Read to Rover’ By Patrick Hempfing Editor’s note: The column below is called moMENts but could also appropriately be called “Parenting from a Dad’s Perspective.” In it, columnist Patrick Hempfing takes a frequently humorous look at all things parenting from a father’s point of view.

child’s reading proficiency — parents, grandparents, teachers, and even therapy dogs and their handlers. So, in honor of Read Across America Day, take a minute to thank those who help children learn to read. Before leaving the library Monday evening, my passionate reader checked out more than a dozen books to read at home. Now if only I could get a therapy dog for spelling. Come to think of it, maybe I have one. Jessie set a new speed record for finishing her spelling homework when I told her that if there was time left before bed she could take a bath with Sadie. I may be on to something. This could work for math, too. I just might end up with the cleanest dog in town. Remember to cherish the moments! n Patrick Hempfing, a full-time stayat-home dad, became a father in 2004 after 19 years of marriage (to the same Valentine). While living in Pennsylvania, Florida and South Carolina, he had a professional career in banking, accounting, and auditing for more than 20 years. He and his family have lived in Georgia for four years. He enjoys playing tennis, which he feels like he needs after trying to convince his daughter that the dog really doesn’t need to be wearing three necklaces, a bracelet, a bandana, a hair bow and a pair of doll shoes.


National Read Across America Day is held annually on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. My daughter, Jessie, has read just about all of the Dr. Seuss books. Jessie loves to read. When it’s time to begin her homework, she always does her reading first. However, getting her to tackle her spelling homework is a challenge. I think she’d rather clean her room, give up dessert, or even the dreaded “take a nap,” than to knock out her spelling assignment. One of the reasons why Jessie loves to read may be that for more than five years, I’ve taken her to our local library for “Reading to Rover.” This program really gets kids excited about reading. Children read books to therapy dogs while the dogs’ handlers look on and offer help or encouragement. Jessie has read to all kinds of dogs, huge ones and tiny ones, purebreds and mixed breeds. The kids enjoy petting the dogs, and reading to them is more fun and less intimidating than reading to people. Reading to Rover is held on the fourth Monday of each month at the Statesboro Regional Library in Statesboro, Ga., where I live.

Monday evening, as I watched Jessie read to a beautiful German shepherd, I remembered when she was a toddler, sitting in my lap on the floor, petting the dogs while I read. I always kept one eye on her to make sure that she didn’t grab a fistful of fur. As she got older, I sat on the floor beside her while she read simple picture books to the dogs. Now I watch from a nearby chair as she nestles up next to the dog, petting it while she reads at a speed that is probably faster than the dog can comprehend. Inspired by Monday’s visit to the library, Jessie devised a way to read to Sadie, our 14-week-old puppy who doesn’t like to sit still. Jessie dug out her kindergarten nap mat and put it on the kitchen floor. Then, determined to keep Sadie on the mat while reading to her, she put Sadie on a leash and tied the leash to the refrigerator door. The plan worked and Sadie kept Jessie company as she read the whole book. We’re hoping that Sadie will eventually become one of the great therapy dogs at Reading to Rover. Jessie is taking steps to ensure that Sadie will be ready, even if the library implements a dress code. She dresses Sadie in a variety of outfits and accessories, most recently a flowing blond wig. If you see a sheltie puppy walking down the street wearing a cheerleading costume, three necklaces, and a hair bow, it’s probably ours. We all realize the importance of reading well. Many sources contribute to a

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Spring Break Camps Continued from page 11

Treasure Valley Children’s Theater — A spring break drama camp will be held March 24-28 as follows: ages 6-8, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, with a special performance for family and friends at noon on March 28; ages 9-13, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Campers should bring a bottle of water and wear play clothes and shoes that stay on their feet. A healthy snack will be provided each day. Space is limited to only 10 campers. For cost, location and to register, go to http:// Treasure Valley YMCA — The Treasure Valley YMCA will hold engineering and sports camps throughout the week of March 24-28. For more information, visit www.ymcatvidaho. org. Wings Center — The Wings Center in Boise will hold spring camps for children ages 3 through 8th grade. From March 24-28, different age groups each day will be treated to The Shak Hawai’ian Cafe & Luau Party at the park, weather permitting. For times, cost and other information, visit Zoo Boise World Safari — Find out what kinds of animals live in the African savannah, the South American rainforest, the mountains of Asia, and other spots around the world at Zoo Boise from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24-28. Cost: $155, Friends of Zoo Boise annual passholders; $165, Boise city residents; and $175, others. For more information, go to www. Zoo Careers — Explore the many careers available at zoos, including fundraising, art or graphic design, marketing and communications, architecture and construction, animal collection management, education, and animal care. Also, meet the people responsible for running Zoo Boise at the Teen Spring Break Camp – for students in grades 7-10 – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24-28. Cost: $155, Friends of Zoo Boise annual passholders; $165, Boise city residents; and $175, others. For more information, go to


(This is a partial list designed to encompass a range of options. For more information, visit parks and recreation websites, arts websites, and sports websites in your community or communities near you.) n

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— Information compiled by Jodi Hurley-Sollars and Gaye Bunderson Idaho Family Magazine

PUENTES Preschool

By Gaye Bunderson Armed with a master’s degree in bilingual education and fluent in Spanish, Trudy McGavin, along with her husband Scot, started teaching Spanish to elementary school students in 2004. The classes the couple taught before and after school filled up fast. “We kept growing exponentially,” McGavin said. In the beginning, they taught at six schools in the Boise School District; but in one semester, they doubled the number of schools. Eventually, they were teaching in 30 schools in Boise and Meridian and hired up to 10 other teachers. Then the economy tanked, and parents’ interest in funding Spanish lessons for their kids went with it. It was time for a new plan, and Trudy came up with the idea for a preschool. The preschool started out as a half-day preschool in 2006, moved right away to full days, and in 2007 became Puentes Spanish Preschool and Daycare. “It really grew,” McGavin said. At one point, the couple tried to operate two separate preschools; but in 2011, they incorporated them and moved to their current location at 1605 S. Phillippi St. in Boise. Currently, 88 students are enrolled in the preschool, though they don’t all attend at once. Staff includes four other teachers besides McGavin, one assistant director, three teachers aides, and one cook. Only five of the students speak Spanish only; the rest of the children are English-speaking and are enrolled in Puentes

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Trudy McGavin has a master’s degree in bilingual education and speaks fluent Spanish. With those credentials, she opened — along with her husband Scot — Puentes Preschool and Daycare. (Photo by Gaye Bunderson)

because their parents are eager for them to be bilingual. “Maybe a quarter of the kids have some Spanish in their household. There’s some influence in the family,” McGavin said. Puentes starts taking children at the age of 18 months and up through age 6. It has an after-school program for children up to age 10. Past that age, McGavin said, kids are very busy with sports and other activities and their interest in learning a language tends to decline at that age as well. “By fourth, fifth and sixth grades, they’re into so many activities,” she said. McGavin contends that children who are conversant in more than one language have an edge over other children academically. “A child’s cognitive development is enhanced with a second language — ‘cognitive development’ being how our brain learns. Our learning function is enhanced,” McGavin said. Language skills also enhance math and science proficiency, according to McGavin, who stated knowledge of other languages also allows the brain to think in more than one way. “The brain gets the ability to look at solutions in different ways,” she said, asserting there is research to back up that contention. A quick Internet search of what experts say on this topic seems to corroborate this point of view. For instance, British ESL (English as a Second Language) lecturer and blogger Anne Merritt writes: “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer … mental benefits.” McGavin liked the idea of uniting preschool with daycare. She said that at Puentes (which means “bridges” in Spanish), children are being looked after at the same time as they are learning something new. “Preschool is such an important time,” she said. “We meet the need of having a daycare and giving a second language to children.” n


McGavin builds cultural ‘bridge’

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MANIC Mothering

Hosting a foreign exchange student By Beth Markley Another teenager came to live with us. Given the stories you hear from me about the one we already have, you might think I’m self-medicating. Hold off on the intervention, we know what we’re getting into. And not second-hand either. When we told people we were going to host our first foreign exchange student, we were regaled with horror stories, similar to what happens when someone finds out you’re pregnant, and feels compelled to share the most hair-raising details from their own labor and delivery. But we’ve yet to experience any horror, hosting through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, and the student who moved in is our fourth. Forget about whether he’s a nice guy or whatever. All my mom wanted to know is if he’s up for a little indentured servitude. “Can he shovel sidewalks?” Well, probably, but we didn’t want to give the guy the wrong impression

by putting him to work the minute he moved in. (We wanted to wait until week two...) In the meantime, I’m going to share my list of: “The awesome things I’ve learned putting up with someone else’s kid.” 1. I’ve seen my kids’ future and I’m not (terribly) afraid. Our own kids were young when we started hosting. Our exchange students showed us that teenagers are capable of responsibility, proper grooming, using manners, and passing themselves off as real humans in virtually every aspect. 2. I’ve gained perspective. High school in the U.S. is unlike any other experience anywhere. Nobody else has homecoming week or marching bands. Those new to this phenomenon are flabbergasted when their peers hire singing telegrams to approach potential prom dates (or that there is a prom), expertly fashion togas from bed sheets on demand, and allow their moods to spin on the performance of a football team. 3. I’ve learned how to text. This was bound to happen eventually. Using phones for actually talking is passé. 4. I’ve learned how to chill. Having an extra kid around provides the opportunity to learn a little about coping and resilience. I can’t bail everybody out of everything. Your friend didn’t pick you up for school? Now’s the time to learn the city bus system. Yay, you. 5. No, I mean I’ve REALLY learned how to chill. Embarrassingly, I am a different parent when there’s another kid around. I’ve had to learn to take a deep breath when people here push my buttons, moderating my volume level and profanity lest I scare someone off. 6. I’ve helped foster world peace, and I didn’t have to lead a UN team to some war-torn country, dig wells in Nairobi or administer a polio vaccine in India to do it. Peace is what happens when we walk a mile

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in someone else’s shoes. Each of us, whether host or guest, has had the opportunity to examine ourselves and our way of life through someone else’s eyes, and we’re better for it. 7. I’ve put fear in perspective. Foreign exchange students are always on display, usually tripping over a nonnative language. Kids as young as 15 come to this country with a smattering of English, are immersed in high school, and live with a strange family whose mom may have a proclivity for yelling and swearing. They’ll worry (exponentially more so than if they were born here) whether people think they’re strange, stupid, standoffish, or awkward. 8. I’ve learned the impact of attitude. Of the kids we’ve hosted, and the others I’ve met, none had listed Idaho as their preferred destination, or even necessarily knew where Idaho was on a map before coming here. The Rotary program doesn’t offer a choice any more specific than the possibility of a range of countries. Embracing the unexpected, and being determined to make the most of any situation, is the entire point. Even if the unexpected includes learning what “cow tipping” is or the proper way to bake a russet. … And this list could go on, but would get increasingly random, including things like discovering how tasty Finnish rye bread is, our growing display of chotskies from around the world, or the drawer full of handmade ceramics somebody didn’t feel like packing for the trip home. By the way, we’ve never advocated the “cow tipping” thing. That’s mean. n

A watchful eye on baby safety (NewsUSA) — If there’s one thing that new or expecting parents can take comfort in, it’s this: Your greatest fears are shared by others just like you. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Your baby falling or choking. All topped the list of parents’ safety concerns cited in a new survey conducted by the research firm Toluna, Inc. “Parents today know that keeping kids safe involves round-the-clock diligence,” says Stacy DeBroff, founder and CEO of Mom Central (, an online resource that provides moms with household and parenting solutions. In fact, according to the findings — and don’t be surprised if you recognize yourself here — a whopping 71 percent of respondents labeled themselves as one of the following: • “Protective.” Parents who’ll “stop at nothing to ensure the safety and well-being” of their offspring. Child-proofing is as second-nature to them as investing is to Warren Buffett. • “Close Supervisors.” While not as relentless as the aforementioned category, these parents admit they “hover” and take regular precautions. No surprise, then, that the same survey ranked baby monitors as the top non-clothing item on parents’ must-buy lists — beating out everything from strollers to childproofing locks to toys. Baby monitors buy you peace of mind by transmitting sound and — in the case of video models — images for those times when you must step away from the crib. But be forewarned: There are all sorts of models out there, and experts say the biggest challenge is finding one that works with minimal interference from other nearby electronic products.

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March 2014 Preschool STEAM Storytime Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sunday Tuesday Fridays, March 7, 14, Monday 21 & 28 The Nampa Public Library will hold Preschool STEAM Storytime at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, and at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. 2



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2014 Bobby Rogers Memorial Scholarship and Tiffany Walters Memorial Scholarship applications are being accepted from now until April 15 through the Buckle Up for Bobby organization. Buckle Up for Bobby was Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday established in 2012 in memory of Sherri and Duke Rogers’ son Bobby and fellow classmate Tiffany Walters, who were lost the 1 same year. Area students preparing for college may submit their application; one of the requirements for eligibility is that they complete the Alive at 25 class offered by state and local police. To download the scholarship application, visit For more information for Alive at 25 classes, visit For additional information, 5 visit 6 7 8

2nd Annual Fresco Awards Gala Thursday, March 6




Fresco Arts Academy will be hosting the second annual “Fresco Awards” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise. This will be a gala12 fundraiser designed13 to 10 11 honor Idahoans who have made great contributions to the arts. Cost to attend is $30 per person. There will be celebrity guests, a silent auction, student performances, and a special performance with Marcus Eaton, one of the award recipients. Actress Maureen O’Hara, who resides in Boise, is set to attend to receive a Lifetime Achievement Hansen will receive20 the 17 18 Award. Marla19 Extraordinary Contribution to Dance Education Award, and John Killmaster will be given the award for Extraordinary Visual Artist. For more information, go to

BSU Women’s Basketball 24 Friday, March 7


BSU Women’s Basketball

30 vs. Air Force, 731 p.m. Friday,

March 7, at Taco Bell Arena

Idaho Steelheads vs. Las Vegas Wranglers Friday, March 7

Teen Movie Night Thursday, March 6

The Nampa Public Library will hold Teen Movie Night, featuring “Enders Game” 14 (rated PG-13), from 4:30 to15 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. The Teen Program is for youngsters in 7th through 12th grades.

Lapsit Storytime 21March 6, 13, 2022 Thursdays, & 27

The Nampa Public Library will hold Lapsit Storytime at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Preschool Art 26 27 at Meridian 28 Silverstone Library Friday, March 7


Preschool art classes for children age 3-6 are held Fridays, including March 7, at the Meridian library branch on Cherry Lane. The library and its various branches hold many events for children and their parents. Visit for more information.

7:10 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Century Link Arena

Science Saturdays Saturday, March 8

Beautiful Butterfly Crafts Class Saturday, March 8

The Discovery Center’s Science Saturdays program for children will feature “Magnetism” from 9 a.m. to noon for grades 1-3 and from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades 4-6 on March 8. Cost to attend is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. In anticipation of spring, children will have the opportunity to create a beautiful butterfly craft on March 8. For more information, call 377-1855.

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of Events Foothills Learning Center Second Saturday Saturday, March 8

The Foothills Learning Center at 3188 Sunset Peak Road in Boise holds a Second Saturday familyfriendly program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The March 8 program is “Mammoths and Tigers and Sloths, Oh My!” and is described as a walk through the late Pleistocene era in Idaho and the West. The event is free, and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 493-2530 or visit .

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Meridian Firefighters Sixth Annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, March 8

Competition will be hot at the Meridian Firefighters Sixth Annual Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Meridian Speedway. Admission to the event is $5, and tickets will be available at the door. Those in attendance will help choose the winner of the cook-off. For more information, go to

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Sports Card Show Saturday, March 8 Sports and non-sports cards and memorabilia will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Boise Hotel and 2 3 S. Vista Conference Center, 3300 Ave. Both new and vintage items will be available. The public is welcome to attend for free. For more information, call 338-3828. 9


BSU Women’s Gymnastics Fun Saturday Tuesday Thursday Family Friday Saturday Saturday, March 8 Wednesday Saturday, March 8 1 BSU Women’s Gymnastics vs. Seattle Pacific University, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Taco Bell Arena.

Teen Night at the Library Tuesday, March 11 5 4 6

Nampa Public Library will host “Family Fun Saturday!” from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 8. For more information, go to

Boise Public Library will hold Teen Night from 7 to 8 Idaho Stampede p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Hayes Auditorium at the vs Santa Cruz main library branch across the street from Julia Davis Wednesday, March 12 Park. There will be games, crafts and other activities. The library hosts many activities for children and teens 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Century Link Arena at its various branches. For more information, go to 11 12 13 14 15

World Center for Birds of Prey March Homeschool Day Wednesday, March 12

Homeschool groups will 16 17learn about special 18 adaptations for birds of prey with tour guides and live bird presentations in the Velma Morrison Interpretative Center at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. No other school groups will be scheduled on this day. Admission rates are $3 per student groups are 23 and teacher; homeschool 24 25welcome to the visitor center any time at regular admission rates. To sign up, or for more information, call 362-8260. 30

31 Kids & Tween Program Thursday, March 13

The Nampa Public Library will hold a “Make Your Own Ice Cream” event for children ages 8-12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13.





Discovery Center Adult Nights Thursday, March 13 The Discovery Center of Idaho holds Adult Night for people over age 21 every other month. There are food 20 beer and wine21 22 as well as guest trucks, vendors, and a band, speakers who present four short lectures around a theme. On Thursday, March 13, the topic is “The Science of Sound & Music.” The event is held from 6 to 10 p.m., and cost of admission is $10. For more information, visit 27



Boise Spring Home Show Thursday, March 13 — Sunday, March 16 The annual Boise Spring Home Show will be held March 13-16 at Expo Idaho. Visit www. for more information.

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CALENDAR of Events Idaho Stampede vs Reno Friday, March 14

Idaho Cat Show Saturday, March 15

Science Saturdays Saturday, March 15

March 2014 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Century Link Arena Sunday


The annual Idaho Cat Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and from 9 a.m.Tuesday to 3 p.m. Sunday, March Wednesday 16, at Expo Idaho. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children older than 6, and free for children 6 and under.

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The Discovery Center’s Science Saturdays program for children will feature “Arduino” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for grades 2-6 Friday on March 15. Cost to attend is 1 and $70 for $65 for members non-members. The cost includes building a robot the youngsters are allowed to keep, and some robotics experience is required.

Springtime Kite Crafts Class 5 6 7 8 Saturday, March4 15 WaterShed Weekend’s A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday World Water Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Celebration Boise. In anticipation of spring, children will have the Saturday, March 15 opportunity to create a kite on March 15. For more




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Environmental 13 The Boise WaterShed 14 15Education



Center will hold a World Water Day Celebration from a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the center at Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs 2014 10 11818 W. Joplin Road. At 10:30 a.m., Treasure Valley Engineers Without Borders will give a presentation Saturday, March 15 about its work around the world improving access to Bring your family – and your dog – and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Lloyd a.m., a local drum group will Square Nampa from 3 p.m.18 to 7 p.m. Saturday,19 March 15. There 20 water; then, at 11:30 16 in downtown17 21 22 will be food and live music, with all proceeds helping to support the Nampa Dog perform. Inside the exhibit hall, people in attendance Park. For more information, call 468-5858 or visit can make global crafts and “rain sticks,” and learn about local and worldwide water challenges. The event is free and no registration is required. For more Spring Sports Madness information, visit

for Moms 24 & Sons Saturday, March 15



The Nampa Rec Center will hold an event

called Spring Sports 30 31Madness just for

mothers and their sons ages 3-13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the center, located at 131 Constitution Way. There will be pizza, basketball, dodgeball, and other fun games. Prizes will be given, and photos will be available for purchase. The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information, visit

Free Community Shred Day Saturday, March 15 The Meridian Food Bank will hold a Free Community Shred Day, all day, on Saturday, March 15, at Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. 8th St. The food bank will accept — but not require — donations of food or funds to help fill the shelves at the food bank. For more information, contact Dan Clark at 870-5390 or

28 St. Patrick’s Day 29 Fun Run Saturday, March 15

The Treasure Valley YMCA will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run on Saturday, March 15, in Julia Davis Park. Courses include: 5K Run/Walk; 5 Mile Run; 1 Mile Kilted Run; and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run/Walk. Each event starts a slightly different times from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, or to register, go to

Music Together Class Beginning Week of March 17

Jennifer Myers of Myers Music Studio will start the spring session of her Music Together course beginning the week of March 17, with registration for new families beginning March 3. Visit for more information.

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“Meet the Critters” Tuesday, March 18 Nampa Public Library will host Zamzow’s Small Animal Presentation, “Meet the Critters,” from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

Idaho Steelheads vs. Colorado Eagles Wednesday, March 19 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Century Link Arena.

Art Endeavor at Nampa Library Thursday, March 20 The Nampa Public Library will host an Art Endeavor for youngsters ages 8-18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20. For more information, visit

Science Saturdays Saturday, March 22 The Discovery Center’s Science Saturdays program will feature “Mindstorm Robotics for Families” beginning at 9 a.m. March 22. This is an opportunity for families to explore robotics together at DCI, using familiar Legos Mindstorm technology.

“Sid the Science Kid” 18th Annual Boise Friday, March 21 Flower & Garden Show “Sid the Science Kid,” the popular PBS Friday, March 21 — Sunday, March 23 Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, will come to life on the Morrison Center stage beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. Kids and parents alike will enjoy watching as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to town to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 426-1110 or visit

Rainbow Mirror Crafts Class Saturday, March 22

A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. Children will have the opportunity to create a rainbow mirror on March 22. For more information, call 377-1855.

March 2014

Treasure Valley Flea Market Saturday, March 22 — Sunday, March 23

Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. Saturday, March 22

The Treasure Valley Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Saturday the South Expo Thursday Friday Building, Expo Idaho, in Garden City. For more information, visit 1

Treasure Valley Youth Theater will open its production SundayPeter Pan, Monday Wednesday of “Disney’s Jr.” on Saturday,Tuesday March 22, with three showings, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Mountain View High School, 2000 S. Millennium Way in Meridian. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for children up to age 18; lap-sitting kids will be admitted for free. Tickets are available online at www. The show features 50 youths ages 8 to 18 from across the valley. 2


The annual Boise Flower & Garden Show, sponsored by the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, will be held March 21-23 at the Boise Centre. The event will feature, among other things, gardening seminars, Wine & Jazz Nights, an orchid sale and display, miniature gardens, and other highlights. For more information, go to





Experienced Moms / New Moms Monday, Wednesday & Thursday ,March 24, 26 & 27 Teen Anime Club & Monday, March 31 & Wednesday & Thursday April 2 & 3 Monday, March 24

Join a training for volunteer home visiting moms at Family Advocates from 5:3010 to 8:30 p.m. March11 24, 26 and 27 and12 9 March 31 and April 2-3. Apply to volunteer online at or call Brad at 345-3344, ext. 1012, for more information. 16

Kids’ Book & Movie Club 17 19 Thursday, March 27 18 The Nampa Public Library Kids’ Book & Movie Club will feature “Charlotte’s Web” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27.


24 26 Funny Fish Puppet25 Crafts Class Saturday, March 29

30A “Free Crafts for Kids” 31 program is offered each Saturday from

The Nampa Public Library will host Teen Anime Club from 14 5:30 to 7 13 p.m. Monday, March 24. The club is for youngsters in 7th through 12th grades.


Idaho Stampede vs Bakersfield Wednesday, March 26 7 p.m. Wednesday, 15 March 26, at Century Link Arena

Idaho Stampede vs Reno 20 21 22 Friday, March 28 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Century Link Arena.




More Events on Page 24

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. Children will have the opportunity to create a funny fish puppet on March 29. For more information, call 377-1855.

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CALENDAR of Events

Continued from page 23

Parenting the Love and Logic Way Tuesdays April 1 — May 6 A class on Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be held each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 1-May 6 at Wings Center. The course is designed to teach parents six simple techniques that will help them have more fun and less stress when raising a child. For more information, or to register, call the Wings Business Center at 376-3641 or visit

Image Development for Girls Tuesday, April 8

A course for pre-teen and early teen boys in etiquette, self-presentation and table manners will be presented by Social Essence beginning Monday, April 7. For further details, call 631-0576 or email

BCT 10th Annual 50 Women Event Thursday, April 10 Boise Contemporary Theater has changed the name of its annual event to 100 Women. The women sponsor a play at BCT; this year the play is titled, “The Uncanny Valley.” There will be wine, food, fun and theater on Thursday, April 10, with a schedule as follows: 6 to 7:30 p.m., pre-play party with hors d’oeuvres at a private residence; and 8 p.m., performance of the play at BCT. Cost is $50 per person. For ticket reservations or more information, call 331-9224, ext. 205.


A course for pre-teen and early teen girls in etiquette, dining, personal fitness, poise and related topics will be presented by Social Essence beginning Tuesday, April 8. For further details, call 631-0576 or email

Image Development for Boys Monday, April 7

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Preschool & Childcare Guide

The following preschools and childcare facilities are listed by zip code. Advertisers in this guide are listed in bold. Boise Bears Child Care Center 1803 N. 9th St., Boise 83702..............343-3817

A Bright Child Preschool & Daycare 1819 N. 18th St., Boise 83702 336-7228

Boise River Montessori 2211 N. 26th St., Boise 83702............344-6303

Another World Preschool 2200 Sunset Ave., Boise 83702............343-1633

Cathy’s Day Care 859 N. 29th St., Boise 83702..............336-1295

Booth Memorial Day Care 1617 N. 24th St., Boise 83702............338-5384

Children’s School of Boise 1015 N. 8th St., Boise 83702..............343-6840

Arms to hold them when you cant!

Open 24 Hours A Day 7 Days A Week


Learning • Singing • Dancing • Finger Plays Dress Up • Clay Sculpting • Cooking Puzzles • Puppeteering • Walks • Field Trips


3348 N. Meridian Rd.


Shuttling to Some Local Elem. Schools

Spacious Back Yard • Convenient Location

Downtown Guided Discovery 1050 W. State St., Boise 83702...........344-5502

“Catering to Working Parents” Flexible Hours Infants & Drop Ins Welcome Mon-Sat Hours 6 days a week Affordable Rates Nutritious Meals Licensed CPR/First Aid, ICC Evening Daycare

We Care for the Child, Not the Day



Cooperative Preschool 1187 W. River St., Boise 83702...........342-7479

Salina’s Sunshine Childcare

ndma’s Child C a r ar G e At

NOW ENROLLING For 2014 -15 Preschool Classes

Children’s Village 950 W. State St., Boise 83702.............345-6408

6810 W. Brentwood, Boise • 713-3845

6304 Butte • Boise



BOISE 83702

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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

BOISE 83702 Foothills School of Arts and Sciences 618 S. Eighth St., Boise 83702 331-9260 Giraffe Laugh 1/North End 901 Resseguie St., Boise 83702 342-1239 Giraffe Laugh 2/Downtown 1191 Grand Ave., Boise 83702 424-3387 Keystone Montessori Center 2211 N. 26th St., Boise 83702............344-6303

Kids Are Special People 717 N. 11th St., Boise 83702 343-8441 Little Luke’s Infant/Toddler House 124 W. Bannock St., Boise 83702........381-4670 Mountain Cove Child Care Center 911 Mountain Cove Rd., Boise 83702 ...338-4380 Ninth St. Y Kids 950 W. State St., Boise 83702.............344-5502

R House 2185 W. Hill Rd., Boise 83702.............343-8188

Building Blocks 3504 Shasta St., Boise 83703..............284-2444

Ready Set Go Preschool 950 W. State St., Boise 83702.............672-8015

Challenger Schools 5551 W. Bloom St., Boise 83703.........338-9500

Treasure Valley Family YMCA 1050 W. State St., Boise 83702...........344-5502 Twenty First Street Preschool & Childcare 1601 N. 21st St., Boise 83702.............345-9167 Washington St. Y Kids 1050 W. State St., Boise 83702...........344-5502 Wesleyan Preschool 717 N. 11th St., Boise 83702..............343-3778 YMCA Child Care 1050 State St., Boise 83702

Faye’s Family Daycare 1904 N. 18th St., Boise 83703............345-4641

Gem State Gymnastics Academy 5420 W. State St., Boise 83703 853-3220 Hillside Academy Inc. 3900 Hill Rd., Boise 83703..................343-8919 Just For Kids 1507 N. 28th St., Boise 83703............854-5482 Learning Tree School & Daycare Center 2908 N. 28th St., Boise 83703............342-7821

YMCA Children’s Village 950 W. State St., Boise 83702

Little Creations Preschool 3614 N. Market Lane, Boise 83703......853-9850

BOISE 83703

Shepherds Fold Day Care Center 2620 N. 36th St., Boise 83703............342-9141

Boise Bears Academy 3900 Hill Rd., Boise 83703..................343-8919

Walgamott Child Care 3019 N. 28th St., Boise 83703............343-9658

1107 East Iron Eagle Drive Eagle, Idaho

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Laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning

EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

BOISE 83704 Alpha Omega Day Care Center 7012 Folk Dr., Boise 83704.................322-0087 Big & Little Miracles 2119 N. Middlefield Rd., Boise 83704.......................................322-4302 Camelot Castle Learning Center 10415 Excalibur, Boise 83704.............375-5018 Charlie Frog Schools 1725 N. Curtis Rd., Boise 83704..........322-7776 Children’s House 1218 Hartman St., Boise 83704...........322-1124 Gale Day Care Center 2306 N. Liberty St., Boise 83704..........375-2930 Hillview Preschool 8525 Ustick Rd., Boise 83704..............377-9280 Kids Zone Daycare & Preschool 7119 Ustick Rd., Boise 83704..............377-3556 Little Lambs Learning Center 3000 Esquire Dr., Boise 83704.............375-4841

Northview Montessori School 7670 Northview St., Boise 83704 322-0152 Today’s Child 9045 W. Irving St., Boise 83704..........322-1077

Salina’s Sunshine Childcare 6304 W. Butte St., Boise 83704 321-9401 SandCastles Children’s Learning Center 3214 Acre Lane, Boise 83704..............376-7846

BOISE 83705 All Saints Children’s Center 704 S. Latah, Boise 83705................. 387-0779 Bodies In Motion 729 W. Diamond St., Boise 83705..... 381-0587 Creative Children’s Center 419 S. Orchard St., Boise 83705........ 344-8221 Friends of Children & Families, Inc. Head Start & Early Head Start 4709 W. Camas St., Boise 83705...... 344-9187 Great Beginnings Preschool 715 S. Latah St., Boise 83705............ 336-3838 Hugs Child Development Center 4812 W. Franklin, Boise 83705.......... 367-9111

38 years of providing an “Exciting Learning Experience”

All Day Childcare & Pre-School • All day, before and after kindergarten care, before & after school care and off track all day care for children ages 2 and up. • Experienced, Licensed Instructors • Appropriate Student/Teacher Ratios • Creative Academic Curriculum • Weekly Gymnastic Lessons - Preschool only

Kidz Connection Montessori Preschool-Childcare 2310 S. Columbus St., Boise 83705.... 384-1191


Kootenai Kids Preschool 4802 W. Kootenai St., Boise 83705 424-5055

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL A Christ-centered preschool that provides a loving environment.

2300 S. Orchard St, Suite B • Boise

(children who turn 5 by December)

Also… Musical Kids and The Dance Connection offer classes on-site.



Gem State Gymnastics Academy


Medicaid, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United, Tricare



3 Year olds 4 Year olds Pre-K

�Specializing in children’s speech development needs �Small and personal clinic setting �Free Screenings �Flexible scheduling �In network provider for many insurances including: 03-2014

Classes for:

362-5919 •

NEW PROGRAM - TUTORING Call for more information

5420 W. State St. Boise, ID

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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

BOISE 83705 Lee Pesky Learning Center 3324 Elder St., Boise 83705.............. 333-0008 Little Sunbeams Academy 2934 S. Vista Ave., Boise 83705........ 724-1594 Mary McPherson Guided Discovery 1050 E. Amity Rd., Boise 83705......... 921-0411 Puentes Spanish Preschool 1605 S. Phillippi, Boise 83705........... 344-4270

Rose Hill Montessori School 4603 Albion St., Boise 83705 385-7674

Sacred Heart School & Kindergarten 3901 Cassia St., Boise 83705 344-9738 Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Preschool 3100 S. Five Mile Rd., Boise 83705 362-5919 Vista Montessori School 2096 Gourley St., Boise 83705.......... 343-0201 Walker Child Care 1800 W. Targee St., Boise 83705....... 345-0504

BOISE 83706 Beginning Years Childhood Learning Center 2981 E. Boise Ave., Boise 83706 338-0000

Boiseko Ikastola 1915 University Dr., Boise 83706 343-4234 Boise Christian School 219 N. Roosevelt St., Boise 83706...... 342-4529 Boise Cooperative Preschool 300 N. Latah St., Boise 83706........... 703-3823

Boise State University Children’s Center 1830 Beacon St., Boise 83706 426-4404 Carden Preschool & Day Care 2211 S. Sumac St., Boise 83706........ 344-3336 Cozy Cottage Learning Center 507 W. Williams St., Boise 83706...... 649-4010



� 3 foreign languages � Before & after school care � Summer Program for Age 3 to Grade 3 � Montessori credentialed teachers


4603 Albion - Boise 28 March 2014 | Idaho Family Magazine

EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

Calvary Christian School 111 Auto Dr., Boise 83709................ 376-0260

Club Kid at Wings Center 1875 Century Way, Boise 83709....... 376-3641

South Boise Child Care Center 805 W. Richmond St., Boise 83706.... 333-0550

Five Mile Montessori 1439 S. Weideman Ave., Boise 83709..................................... 322-8981

St. Alphonsus Early Learning 6520 Norwood Rd., Boise 83706....... 367-5164

BOISE 83709


9th St. • 342-1239 12th St. • 424-3387 TTY: Dial711

Hablamos Espanõl USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

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All God’s Children Childcare 3838 S. Cole Rd., Boise 83709.......... 362-0865

Julie’s Day Care Center 3874 S. Barstow Ct., Boise 83709.............................. 541 523-4580

Infant/Toddler & PRESCHOOL


Parkcenter Montessori 649 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise 83706 344-0004

Accepting children of all abilities and all incomes.

Stability •

New Horizon Academy 155 E. Boise Ave., Boise 83706......... 386-9108

Cloverdale Christian Day School 3755 S. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83709..................................... 362-1702


Mama Jo’s 3491 Williamsburg Way, Boise 83706..................................... 336-1417

Bohrn To Achieve Childcare & Preschool 2555 S. Five Mile Rd., Boise 83709.... 672-0101

Giraffe Laugh Values: Excellence •

Lakewood Montessori 133 E. Linden St., Boise 83706 331-3888

At Grandma’s Child Care 6810 W. Brentwood Dr., Boise 83709 713-3845

Maryann’s Place 10525 La Honton Dr., Boise 83709..................................... 323-9669

Caring • Teamwork

Granny’s Infant Care 4819 Corporal St., Boise 83706......... 345-2850

Amity Preschool 11950 W. Amity Rd., Boise 83709..... 562-0931

Education •

Garabatos Spanish Preschool 1403 W. Boise Ave., Boise 83706 336-1552

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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

BOISE 83709 Montessori Garden 9626 W. Victory, Boise 83709........... 562-1420 Mother’s Choice 1604 Penninger Dr., Boise 83709....... 375-4640 Myer’s Day Care Center 9602 W. Wright St., Boise 83709...... 362-0822 Overland Montessori 1461 S. Weideman Ave., Boise 83709..................................... 322-9092 Primary Colors Learning Center 1418 S. Weideman, Boise 83709....... 321-0118 Spalding Guided Discovery 4701 E. Braddock, Boise 83709......... 921-0411

Tots R Us 10245 W. La Honton Dr., Boise 83709..................................... 322-3548

BOISE 83712

Music Lingua Foreign Language for Kids Boise 83712..................................... 571-1713 Parkside School 1017 E. Park Blvd., Boise 83712........ 283-2777

BOISE 83713

Adventure Zone 5630 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713..................................... 938-1028 Boise Valley Adventist School 925 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713..................................... 376-7141

Spunky Monkey Preschool 12117 W. Keates Dr., Boise 83709.... 323-0931

Born To Succeed Preschool & Childcare 4770 N. Shamrock Ave., Boise 83713 658-5561

Super Kids Day Care 3989 Black Hills Ave., Boise 83709.... 362-1246

Cloverdale Montessori 12255 W. Goldenrod Ave., Boise 83713..................................... 322-1200

Tiny Treasures 7509 W. Camas St. Boise 83709....... 323-1174

Cross of Christ Preschool 11655 W. McMillan Rd., Boise 83713..................................... 375-3992 Deb’s Childcare and Preschool 12118 W. Mesquite Dr., Boise 83713..................................... 602-2842 Frontier Guided Discovery Inclusion Preschool 11851 Musket Dr., Boise 83713......... 921-0411 Guardian Angel Child Care 4770 Shamrock St., Boise 83713........ 322-8441 KidLink Learning Center 13013 W. Persimmon Lane, Boise 83713..................................... 331-4575 Little Tigers Childcare Center 11911 W. Ustick Rd., Boise 83713..... 323-7885 Marantha Christian School 12000 W. Fairview Ave., Boise 83713..................................... 376-7272 New Horizon Academy 12692 W. LaSalle St., Boise 83713.... 376-2690

“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6

Beginning Years

Infants - Toddlers - Preschoolers Daily & Monthly Rates COMPLETE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM


Full Day Christian Academic Preschool for 1 - 5 Year olds & Before/After School Program

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Serving SE Boise Families for 30 Years

336-7228 • 1819 N. 18th - Close to Downtown

EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide New Horizon Academy 11978 W. Ustick Rd., Boise 83713..... 323-8900

Kids Kampus Childcare and Preschool 8707 W. State St. #A, Boise 83714.... 853-4247

Rainbow Learning Center 3525 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713..................................... 323-7628

Massie’s Day Care Center 10000 W. Prairie Rd., Boise, 83714... 939-2240

Terri Hill’s Day Care 4251 Oxbow Way, Boise 83713........ 377-4434 Tumble Time Gymnastics Learning Center 1379 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713..................................... 375-0063 Ustick Y Kids 12435 W. Ustick, Boise 83713........... 321-7559 West Y-City Child Development Center 5959 N. Discovery Way, Boise 83713..................................... 377-4886 West YMCA Child Care 5959 Discovery Place, Boise 83713.... 377-4886

BOISE 83714 Early Learning Children’s Center 7064 W. State St., Boise 83714......... 853-2800

Ol’ McDonald’s Montessori 5890 Gary Lane, Boise 83714........... 853-2163 Pierce Park Academy 5008 N. Pierce Park Lane, Boise 83714..................................... 853-5412 Vineyard Christian Home School Co-op 4950 N. Bradley, Boise 83714........... 407-8197

Caldwell Adventist Elementary School 2317 Wisconsin Ave., Caldwell 83605................................ 459-4313 Calvary Caldwell Kids Preschool & Kindergarten 911 Everett St., Caldwell 83605......... 454-5136 Centennial Baptist School 3610 E. Ustick Rd., Caldwell 83605... 454-1997 Grace Lutheran Preschool 2700 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell 83605................................ 459-4191

BOISE 83716

Heritage Community Charter School 1803 E. Ustick Rd., Caldwell 83605... 453-8070

Riverstone International School 5521 Warm Springs Ave., Boise 83716..................................... 424-5000

Karla’s Day Care Center 522 N. 9th Ave., Caldwell 83605....... 459-0111


Kemp’s Day Care Center 2501 Lincoln St., Caldwell 83605....... 454-2899

Alice’s Day Care 10741 Hwy. 20-26, Caldwell 83605................................ 459-4160

Kids First 306 Badiola St., Caldwell 83605........ 455-0202


Under the education wing of the Basque Museum & Cultural Center Open to all children ages 3-6

“EMPOWERING YOUR CHILD” Full day preschool and daycare that offers a blended day of activities and preschool curriculum

• Small class sizes • Language immersion • Kindergarten preparedness • Music • Yoga • Dance • Field Trips

• Infants • Toddlers Open 7am - 6 pm • Preschoolers Our Preschool (K2) provides instruction to develop oral language, early literacy and mathematical skills Where your child receives a sense of belonging and a feeling of security

Open M - F 7:30 - 5:30 YEAR ROUND Part Time & Full Time

ICCP accepted for all ages

4802 W. Kootenai

1915 University Drive • 343-4234

208-424-5055 •



one block east of Orchard

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CALDWELL 83605 Lil Da Vinci Academy 19652 Commonwealth Ave., Caldwell 83605................................ 709-1415 Lincoln Guided Discovery 1200 Grant St., Caldwell 83605........ 921-6131 Little People Learning Center 1310 Arthur St., Caldwell 83605........ 454-5652 Little Picasso Preschool 1123 Blaine St., Caldwell 83605........ 459-7735 Marble Front Head Start Center 20594 Ward Lane, Caldwell 83605 Turner Center-Family Development 406 S. 14th Ave., Caldwell 83605..... 454-1324 Washington Y Kids 2918 Washington Ave., Caldwell 83605................................ 921-6131 Wilson Guided Discovery 400 E. Linden St., Caldwell 83605...... 921-6131

CALDWELL 83607 Lewis & Clark Y Kids 1102 Laster St., Caldwell 83607......... 921-6131

Where we believe every child is

Born to Succeed Providing child care and preschool for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years Developmentally Appropriate curriculum for infants, toddlers and preschoolers Transportation to and from area schools

4770 N. Shamrock Ave. • Boise

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call for a tour today!


Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

Cornerstone Children’s Center 1155 Ballantyne Lane, Eagle 83616.... 938-1368

Eagle Adventist Christian School 538 W. State St., Eagle 83616 939-5544 Eagle Christian Preschool 1107 E. Iron Eagle Dr., Eagle 83616 939-2272 Eagle Early Learning Center 223 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle 83616......... 938-3344 Eagle Wings Preschool 651 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle 83616......... 939-0108 Eagle Y Kids 1441 S. Seven Oaks Way, Eagle 83616..................................... 939-6735 Hope Lutheran Preschool 331 N. Linder Rd., Eagle 83616......... 939-9181

Polaris Learning Center 1323 E. Iron Eagle Dr., Eagle 83616 939-9830 Seven Oaks Guided Discovery 1441 So. Seven Oaks Way, Eagle 83616..................................... 921-0411

EMMETT 83617 Emmett Head Start Center 114 Longview Dr., Emmett 83617....... 365-3743

Busy Bee Day Care 601 Linder Ave., Kuna 83634............. 922-5040 Children’s Unique Style Child Care 1055 W. Deerflat Rd., Kuna 83634.... 922-2999 Independent Child Montessori School 102 W. Hubbard Rd., Kuna 83634..... 288-1990

Smarty Pants Preschool & Kindergarten 429 Swan Falls Rd., Kuna 83634 573-6296

Honey Bear Day Care 983 W. 12th St., Emmett 83617......... 365-6074 Jack & Jill Preschool 833 Tyler Rd., Emmett 83617............. 365-6683


Early Care, Preschool & After School Program

Greenleaf Friends Academy 20565 Academy Rd., Greenleaf 83626.............................. 459-6346

• Infants • Toddlers

• Preschool • School Age

Kids Are Special People!


717 N. 11th St. • Boise


Mind & Motion Learning Center 875 E. Plaza Dr. #103, Eagle 83616..................................... 939-9937

KUNA 83634

Montessori Academy 1400 Park Lane, Eagle 83616 939-6333


EAGLE 83616

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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

Advantage Early Learning Centers 3677 E. Copper Point, Meridian 83642................................ 391-2222

Smarty Pants Preschool & Kindergarten 115 4th St., Melba 83641 573-6296

All Star Preschool 4703 W. Big Creek, Meridian 83642................................ 240-0296

MERIDIAN 83642 A Child’s Choice Montessori School 1797 S. Millennium Way, Meridian 83642................................ 288-1990 ABC Club Daycare & Learning Center 650 W. Broadway Ave.,

Kids Connect Preschool 68 S. Baltic Place, Meridian 83642 898-0988

Carole’s Learning Center 3846 E. Eisenhower Dr., Meridian 83642................................ 895-0740

Meridian Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten Meridian 83642................................ 888-6810

Children’s Unique Style Child Care 1915 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian 83642................................ 888-7228

“…where education meets application” • Preschool, Full-time/Part-time Childcare • Kindergarten (half and full day) - 8th grade • Before & After School Care & Summer Camp • Busing to local schools

Phone & FAX 939-5544

Cole Valley Christian Schools 200 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian 83642 947-1212


Eagle’s only NAEYC accredited childcare!

538 W. State St. Eagle, ID 83616

Idaho Learning Center 1562 N. Crestmont Dr. Ste. D, Meridian 83642................................ 893-5130

Candyland Day Care II 1717 Krestmone Rd., Meridian 83642................................ 887-6041

Meridian 83642................................ 895-6789

Eagle Adventist Christian School

Here We Grow Childcare 1496 W. Gander Dr., Meridian 83642................................ 288-2895

Dreamland Education Center 875 W. Franklin Rd., Meridian 83642................................ 288-2282 Healthy Beginnings Childcare 444 N. Linder Rd., Meridian 83642.... 887-0001

Prepare your child for a global society

Nature’s Childcare 2135 S. Cobalt Point Way, Meridian 83642................................ 884-3833 New Way Montessori School 1797 S. Millennium Way, Meridian 83642................................ 288-1990 Pine Creek Montessori 3774 W. Pine Creek Ct., Meridian 83642................................ 893-5437 Smaller Scholar Montessori School 828 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian 83642................................ 888-6881

PRESCHOOL • KINDERGARTEN • PRE-FIRST A Complete Education Program Certified Teachers and Individualized Instruction Year Round Full & Half Day Programs

• Spanish immersion with experienced teachers • Pre-literacy, math, science, nature and art • Yoga, music and dance • Organic gardening + fresh, healthy snacks • Clean, safe, beautiful environment • Ages 3 - 5; no previous Spanish exposure required

Spanish • Science • Music Swimming • Gymnastics

Northview Montessori School

1403 W. Boise Ave. • Boise

Serving Treasure Valley families for over 20 years! 34 March 2014 | Idaho Family Magazine




7670 Northview


MELBA 83641

(Therapy Based Preschool)

A Therapy based preschool that offers Speech, Language & Occupational Therapy


ids Connect is our therapy based preschool program providing facilitative communication environment for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 with developmental delays. The environment and curriculum focuses on active language development for children with delays in addition to individual speech and language, occupational and/or physical therapy. The integrated structure allows children to have natural, appropriate peer models facilitated through interactive activities which require greetings, initiation, requesting, turn taking, commenting, etc.

• Preschool Meets Monday - Thursday 9:00 -11:30 12:30 - 3:00

ent Open Enrollm Year ‘Round

• Individual Therapy • Peer Children Welcome


• Pricing Based on Insurance

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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide

MERIDIAN 83642 Sunshine Academy 737 N. Linder Rd., Meridian 83642.... 288-1007

Bearly Grown Child Care Center 3605 N. Locust Grove Rd., Meridian 83646................................ 898-9700

Ten Mile Christian Preschool 3500 W. Franklin Rd., Meridian 83642 888-3101

Challenger Schools 2020 W. Everest Lane, Meridian 83646................................ 846-8888

Ten Mile Community Church Day Care Center 4440 E. Columbia Rd., Meridian 83642................................ 362-4602

Dreamland Education Center 2501 N. Stokesberry Place, Meridian 83646................................ 288-2205

The Learning Launch Pad Preschool Ten Mile/Cherry Lane, Meridian 83642................................ 351-2838

Friendship Celebration Preschool 765 E. Chinden Blvd., Meridian 83646................................ 288-2404

Tiggeriffic Preschool & Daycare 1302 N. Main St., Meridian 83642................................ 994-3305

Happy Home Day Care Center 1933 NW 12th St., Meridian 83646................................ 888-5717

MERIDIAN 83646 A Step Ahead Preschool and Childcare 3348 N. Meridian Rd., Meridian 83646 473-2420 Anchored Beginnings Preschool 4549 W. Quaker Ridge St., Meridian 83646................................ 898-0664

Hunter Guided Discovery 2051 W. McMillan Rd., Meridian 83646................................ 921-0411 Hunter Y Kids 2051 W. McMillan Rd., Meridian 83646................................ 855-5871

King’s Kids Preschool & Kindergarten 50 W. Spicewood Dr., Meridian 83646................................ 887-0801 New Horizon Academy 1830 N. Meridian Rd., Meridian 83646................................ 887-3880 Prospect Guided Discovery 4300 N. Red Horse Way, Meridian 83646................................ 921-0411 Siena Y Kids 2870 E. Rome Dr., Meridian 83646................................ 861-4832

MIDDLETON 83644 Grandma’s House Country Day Care Center 23725 Lansing Lane, Middleton 83644.............................. 585-2608

NAMPA 83651 ABC Country 432 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa 83651.... 465-7413 Apple Core Preschool 719 17th Ave. S., Nampa 83651....... 899-8283

� Located in SE Boise, convenient to downtown and I-84 � Programs for children 18 months through Kindergarten � Summer Camp for elementary aged children

� Traditional Montessori method including: math, reading, science, geography, art, music, and foreign language � Call to schedule a tour 208.331.3888


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EARLY Learning Preschool & Childcare Guide Calvary Christian School ACE 1210 N. Middleton Rd., Nampa 83651.................................. 454-9114 Creative Child Preschool 150 Delaware Ave., Nampa 83651.................................. 467-3652 Happy Days Child Care Center 215 N. Bonner Dr., Nampa 83651.................................. 466-0156 Initiative Learning Center 607 11th Ave., Nampa 83651.................................. 465-0825 Kids Korner Child Care Center 412 18th Ave. S., Nampa 83651.................................. 467-3533 Nampa Christian Schools 439 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa 83651.................................. 466-0487

Nampa Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten 312 N. Canyon St., Nampa 83651.... 465-6179

Cowpoke Country Daycare 1127 E. Greenhurst Rd., Nampa 83686.................................. 463-0033

Playful Child Day Care Center 420 17th Ave. S., Nampa 83651....... 466-1858

Destiny Christian School PO Box 294, Nampa 83686.............. 466-1264

St. Paul’s Catholic School 1515 8th St. South, Nampa 83651..... 467-3601

Idaho Learning Center 316 12th Ave. Road, Nampa 83686.................................. 936-9469

Taffy’s House 212 21st Ave. S., Nampa 83651....... 467-5975 Teaching World 222 3rd Ave. South, Nampa 83651.... 465-5437 Tiny Tot Hotel 131 Smith Ave., Nampa 83651.......... 467-4769

NAMPA 83686

Little Ones Preschool 3121 Custer Ave., Nampa 83686....... 463-1593 Messiah’s Children Preschool 534 W. Iowa Ave., Nampa 83686..... 467-2573 Love A Lot Day Care Center 415 Lake Lowell Ave., Nampa 83686.................................. 353-2507

ABC’s & 123’s Child Development Center 919 S. Diamond St., Nampa 83686... 468-4999

A Loving Christian Academic Preschool

Classes for 3 & 4 year old Students

A Christian Education that focuses on God’s Grace and Kindergarten Preparedness

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NAMPA 83686

STAR 83669

Safe Haven Day Care 2024 S. Banner St., Nampa 83686.... 467-3508

Zion Christian School 1012 12th Ave. Rd., Nampa 83686 466-9141

Little Miracles Preschool 439 North Star Rd., Star 83669.......... 286-0388 Stepping Stones Children’s Center 12228 Bridger Bay Dr., Star 83669.... 286-9362

WILDER 83676

Cossa Preschool 305 A-Ave., Wilder 83676................. 482-7874 Wilder Head Start 305 Ave. A., Wilder 83676............... 482-7223

NAMPA 83687 College of Western Idaho Early Childhood Education 6042 Birch Lane, Nampa 83687 562-3108 Here We Grow Preschool 7847 E. Red Oak Ct., Nampa 83687.................................. 350-9720

Polaris Learning Center 6224 Birch Lane, Nampa 83687 466-1322

...inspiring young minds Exceptional learning experiences for children six weeks through school age Professional & experienced teachers A curriculum that provides a variety of educational opportunities for all learning styles Wide variety of scheduling options including half days and varied scheduling Call the location of your choice to schedule a tour or for more information



Half-day preschool positions still available for our 2013-2014 School Year At Our Nampa Campus

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Advertising Index A Bright Child Preschool & Daycare............................................... 30

Kids Connect Therapy Based Preschool........................................... 35

A Step Ahead Preschool & Childcare............................................... 25

Kootenai Kids Preschool ............................................................... 31

At Grandma’s Child Care............................................................... 25

Lakewood Montessori................................................................... 36

Beginning Years Childhood Learning Center................................... 30

Montessori Academy..................................................................... 40

Boise State University Children’s Center ........................................ 39 Boiseko Ikastola Basque Museum & Cultural Center....................... 31 Born To Succeed Early Care & Education Center.............................. 32 Cole Valley Christian Schools......................................................... 32 College of Western Idaho Early Childhood Education Program......... 37 Eagle Adventist Christian School.................................................... 34 Eagle Christian Preschool.............................................................. 26 Foothills School of Arts and Sciences.............................................. 33

Northview Montessori School......................................................... 34 Parkcenter Montessori.................................................................. 40 Polaris Learning Centers............................................................... 38 Rose Hill Montessori School........................................................... 28 Sacred Heart School & Kindergarten.............................................. 28 Salina’s Sunshine Childcare........................................................... 25 Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran Preschool . ................................. 27 Smarty Pants Preschool & Kindergarten......................................... 38

Gem State Gymnastics Academy.................................................... 27

Speech Spot LLC............................................................................ 27

Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers............................................ 29

Ten Mile Christian Preschool and Kindergarten............................... 29

Kids Are Special People . .............................................................. 33

Zion Christian School & Early Childhood Learning Center................ 37


Garabatos Spanish Preschool . ...................................................... 34

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