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Please join us in celebrating Annie Fascilla, Director of Giraffe Laugh Preschool in Garden City. Fascilla has earned a Steps to Quality, Step 4 rating, and shares her story of resilience through COVID-19.

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We all know life looks very different during a pandemic and changes what our day-to-day routines are within a child care center/program. What were best practices before may be a bit different during a pandemic. IdahoSTARS encourages ALL child care providers to follow CDC guidance on how to reduce risk within your programs and prevent transmission.

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Please join us in celebrating Meg Kennedy, Owner and Director of Tender Loving Care Child Care in Pocatello. Kennedy has earned a Steps to Quality, Step 4 rating.

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Please join us in celebrating Becky Fritzsche, Owner and Director of Miss Becky’s Preschool & Childcare. Fritzsche has earned a Steps to Quality, Step 4 rating and is retiring!

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Please join us in celebrating Stephanie Olson, Owner and Director of Little Wonders Preschool in Idaho Falls. Olson has earned a Steps to Quality, Step 4 rating. As a home provider, she shows us that center size does not measure a facility’s ability to be recognized for its quality.

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IdahoSTARS has kicked off a new project to showcase the accomplishments of the highest quality child care facilities in the State of Idaho. Please join us in celebrating our first story from Kristi Keeler, Program Director for The Kids Klub, Inc. in Grangeville, Idaho.

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Las enfermedades transmitidas por medio de los alimentos pueden ser causadas por bacterias, virus y parásitos, y l@s niñ@s corren un mayor riesgo de contraer estas infecciones. Obtenga más información sobre formas de aumentar la seguridad con los alimentos y proteger a l@s niñ@s.

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Join a CDA Cohort and complete the CDA 120-hour portfolio between July 1st, 2021 and June 15th, 2022. If eligible you could earn $500!

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One of the most important components of infant brain growth and development is sleep! Read more about safe sleep practices, developmental differences in sleep, and creating a positive sleep environment for children.


Using real-world examples from classrooms in Idaho and incorporating lessons learned from currently practicing teachers we will share a toolkit for supporting high-quality outdoor classrooms.