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Early Childhood Education Learning Center

Feel confident with your choice of childcare

We know how important it is to feel comfortable and confident about where you send your children for childcare and early education. The way we help our little people learn at a young age has an impact on the way they develop self-regulation, innovation, and creativity skills which are why we are so passionate about elevating early childhood education.

Our Early Childhood programs for toddlers to Kindergarten students are taught by educators who are specially trained to teach children ages 0-8 and are supported by our College of Southern Idaho Early Childhood Education students who are working toward becoming educators. This allows them hands-on practice and gives the children in our programs a great experience and better teacher to student ratio.

The only accredited option in the Magic Valley

Our program is one of the best in the Northwest and the only program in Southern Idaho that has completed the Idaho Stars six steps to learning - which means we not only take the safety of your children seriously, but we’re dedicated to providing the best environment possible for them to learn and play.

We’re open to CSI student and community families and we are equipped to serve children with different
abilities.

Want to enroll your child?

Schedule a tour to see if we’re a good fit.
Get on the waitlist by contacting us: MShabi@csi.edu
Relax knowing your child is getting the best care possible.
“Before we found CSI’s program, we were struggling to find the type of care that aligned with our philosophy on how children should be treated and cared for. Our son has been in the toddler lab and preschool lab classes and I can’t say enough for how much he has grown and how much we have learned as parents. 10/10 recommend!” - Amy Schutte

What makes CSI Early Childcare so different

Quality Instruction and Happy Environment

Not all childcare centers are focused on helping your children understand and get excited about the world we live in but at CSI, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Play is the basis of learning. Your children will be allowed to use their imaginations, explore, discover, and solve-problems - all of which are important foundations for developing literacy, numeracy, and social skills.

Play-Based Learning

We use a variety of methods to teach your child but the basis of what we believe comes down to allowing children to use curiosity and creativity to their advantage. We’re constantly working with children to ask questions and wonder “what if” so they can not only become avid learners but enjoy learning in any environment and at any age.

Education for Parents

As a parent, you want to know how your child is growing and learning which is why we are so passionate about providing parents with glimpses into their time with us with weekly observation notes about children’s discoveries, social skills, and curiosities. We also provide a free education session once a month to give you strategies and ideas to help you navigate your children’s early years in a way that sets them up for a lifetime of success.

Response to Covid-19

Date: 8/19/20

Listed below are the rules and procedures that we will follow to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and to keep teachers and children healthy. Our hope is that as parents and teachers work together in following these guidelines, we will be able to continue to attend school and avoid closures due to the spread of the virus.  We believe our small class sizes, extra handwashing, extra sanitizing, facial masks for adults, and time spent outdoors will aid us in these efforts.  It also comes with the understanding that if anyone is sick, they stay home.  The plan below is based on CDC recommendations and Infection Control practices.  These procedures may change based on evolving circumstances.

What you need to know

  • Children’s temperature will be taken upon arrival each day.  If they have a temperature higher than 100.4 they will have to stay home.  If parents enter the facility, they will also have their temperature taken.
  • If your child has been in contact with a known case of COVID-19 they must stay home for 14 days.
  • Your child will be asked to stay home if:
    • Your child has had direct contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days 
    • Your child has been directed to be in quarantine by a healthcare professional 
    • Your child has any of the following symptoms: temperature greater than 100.4, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, repeated shaking with chills, new-onset or loss of taste or smell, fatigue, runny nose, congestion, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
    • Your child has received COVID testing and has not received the results of the test yet
  • If your child is sick it is very important to stay home until he/she can meet the following criteria.
    • Resolution of fever for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of antipyretics (Tylenol or Motrin/Ibuprofen)
    • Resolution of Diarrhea/Vomiting for 24 hours
    • Able to “control” their respiratory secretions
      • A minimal amount of coughing and sneezing
      • Minimal need to control nose secretions through blowing or wiping noses
  • Everyone will wash their hands thoroughly when arriving at school.  We will wash our hands prior to eating a snack, after using the restroom, and as often as needed.  
  • Materials and furniture in the classroom will be washed through-out our routine, as needed
  • Teachers will wear masks as needed.  Children will not be required to wear masks, but are welcome too.  All adults entering the facility will need to wear a mask. 
  • As long as the weather permits, we will implement our entire classroom routine outside (with the exception of bathroom breaks).  As the weather gets colder, we will use our Circle Area and Small Group tables indoors.  Being outdoors naturally spreads everyone out further, and the virus has fewer surfaces to stick to.  There are also many learning advantages to being outdoors!
  • Please keep six feet apart from other families when arriving and departing.
  • It is preferred that the pick-up and drop-off person is limited to one or two people throughout the school year.  
Please know it is a high priority for your child to feel cared for and welcomed in a fun, safe, learning environment.