Best Local Day Care

Giraffe Laugh

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Any working parent will tell you that their lives--and the lives of their children, their spouse, their friends, their extended family, coworkers, mailman or anyone else they encounter on a given day--would be far less pleasant without the tireless, patient work of a good day care staff. In Boise, it's hard to find a better crew of people to keep an eye on, entertain and educate your kids than the folks at Giraffe Laugh. The private, nonprofit organization, with full-year locations on Resseguie Street and Grand Avenue and a center for pregnant teens at the Marian Pritchett School, is much more than a kid corral. Beyond offering a full menu of healthy food, Giraffe Laugh hosts parenting classes, takes kids on field trips, makes available extracurricular activities ranging from ballet to Zumba and gymnastics, and enrolls children from infants to 5-year-olds. It's not exactly cheap, but scholarships are available and the center accepts Idaho Child Care Program Subsidies. The only downside is the waiting list, which currently includes about 400 families. giraffelaugh.org

2nd Place: Premier Kids Preschool and Childcare, premierkidschildcare.com

3rd Place: YMCA, ymcatvidaho.org

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