Education

The education portion of the website is broken down into 8 different subsections. In each subsection a description of programs provided and contact information will be available. In the Learning Tools and Helpful Resources section items that may be helpful for children, but are not directly connected to other learning areas are listed(Example: Bikes, computers, ect.).

After School Programs

The afterschool program section lists places that offer afterschool activities for children and teens. Before each program listing a brief description of services provided will be listed. Following the description will be contact information. Applications for the programs can be gained on site, and in some cases via the internet. Additional information about the programs can be gained by calling.

After 3:

After 3 is a city wide resource, that is aimed at improving out-of-school-programs that are quality and affordable. To gain site information follow the link bellow, enter in an address, and then it will link you with resources within that area (searches can be easily revised). The address, phone number, and website link are easily accessible on the site and offer’s a direct link to the home page of the program (click on program name to link the website).

Big Brother/Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho:

A volunteer based mentoring program for children. They offer community based mentoring, school-based mentoring, site-based mentoring, African mentoring, Hispanic Mentoring, Native American Mentoring, Mentoring Military Children, and Amachi Program.

Program information: Melissa Thompson

2404 West Bank drive, Suite 302 Boise, ID 83705

Phone: (208)377-2552 Email: mthomsen@bbbsidaho.org

Boise Parks and Recreation (scholarship program)

Offers scholarships for people who are unable to afford the fee associated with rec programs. Scholarships can be applied to activities offered by the Boise Parks and Recreation. Please call for additional information. A list of activities can be found at Phone: (208) 384-4216

Hours 7:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday

700 Robins Rd Boise, ID 83702

Boys and Girls Club Garden City, Meridian, Kuna, and Nampa:

The Boys and Girls club offers an after school programs, free meals, and focuses on building relationships with trusted adults in a positive setting. Open to school age youth with a variety of programs offered daily. New families must attend orientation. The afterschool program has a $10 annual fee. During the school year if children attend on holidays or days where school is usually held, but has been canceled it is an additional $5 a day.

Garden City:

610 E. 42nd st Garden City ID 83714

(208)396-4960 or (208)321-9157

Meridian:

201 E Idaho St Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 376-4960

Kuna:

Phone (208) 639-3157

326 Ave D Kuna, ID 83634

email: kunamelbanews@aol.com

Nampa:

316 Stampede Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Phone: (208) 461 7203

Grace Jordan Elementary School:

Grace Jordan offers a free afterschool program for children in grades 4-6. Some of the activities provided: homework help, games, and athletic activities. Applications are available at the school.

Hours: Afterschool-7pm

Phone: (208) 854-4910

6411 Fairfield Ave Boise, ID 83709

Morley Nelson Elementary School:

Morley Nelson offers a free afterschool program for children in grades 4-12. Some the activities provided is homework help, games, and athletic activities. Applications are available at the school.

Hours: Afterschool-7pm

Phone (208) 854-4917

7701 West Northview Boise, ID 83704

Salvation Army Nampa:

Offers an early morning program, Kindergarten Care, and an Afterschool program to all children. The also have a ten week summer camp that starts in June and ends in August.

Phone: (208) 467-6586

Hours: 6:45am-6:30pm Monday – Friday

403 12th Ave S. Nampa, ID 83651

The Landing:

The Landing offers a variety of community services including a food bank, parenting classes, a teen center, After School Program, Parenting Information, scholarship – youth, tutoring youth Activities/Groups, Community Arts Classes and other community activities.

Phone: (208) 377-1471 community center

(208) 939-4850 After School Program ex 1

(208) 939-4850 Teen Center

4950 N Bradley ST Boise, ID 83714

Whitney elementary school:

Whitney Elementary provides free after school programs to children in grades 4-6, and teen activity programs as well. On occasion children k-3 will be accepted. Some of the activities provided is after school home work help, games, and athletic activities. Applications are picked up at the school.

Hours: Afterschool-7pm

Phone (208) 854-6625

1609 South Owahee St. Boise, ID

Early education

The early education section lists places that offer early childhood care such as child screening, childcare and/or activities for young children. Before each program listing a brief description of services provided will be listed. Following the description will be contact information. Applications for the programs can be gained on site, and in some cases via the internet. Additional information about the programs can be gained by calling the phone number provided.

Boise Schools Preschool Screening:

Boise Schools Preschool Screening is for children between 3-5 years of age. Between the months of August – March children can be screened for possible problems with speech, language, self help skills, hearing, vision, social and motor skills, and concepts. Appointments are made by phone, and classes are either T-F 8:40-11:30 or 12:30-3:15.

8169 West Victory Road Boise, ID 83709

Special Education Services

(208)854-4142

Giraffe Laugh Learning Centers:

Is a private non-profit sliding fee scale childcare that provides services for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years of age (regardless of the family’s ability to pay). They provide full time, part time, and drop in basis child care Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30 pm.

Locations:

901 Resseguie St. Boise, ID 83702

(208)342-1239

1191 Grand Ave Boise, ID 83702

(208)424-3387

Head Start and Early Head Start:

Head Start offers early childhood education to help better prepare children for kindergarten. It also provides family support. The Early Childhood Head Start program offers a wide range of services that are free for expectant parents, infants, and toddlers up to 36 month. Families must meet Federal poverty income guidelines, with the exception of children diagnosed with a disability. For more information, and Head Start centers please call or visit the main office. Contact information is as follows:

Phone: (208) 344-9187

4709 West Camas Street Boise, ID 83705

English Language Classes

 

Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI):

Is a non-profit organization that provides Case management, information and referral, individual and group counseling, English conversation classes, parent education classes, case management, financial education, job skill building, matched savings accounts, Domestic Violence, and Family Immigration and Legal Services, and a clothing closet. There are locations in Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’ Alene, Pocatello, and Jerome (services vary per location).

Administration: 1501 S. Federal Way, Ste 450 Boise, ID 83705

(208)345-6031 or (800)796-4131

English Language Center(ELC):

The ELC provides English Language classes for adults (free onsite childcare services for parents), specialized activities for aging refugees, vocational English classes, citizen preparation classes, and a curriculum that addresses the mental health issues of refugees. The English Language center provides a computer lab, evening esl for people who work, and community and cultural orientations. Classes are free.

Phone: #: (208) 336-5533 Ask for English Language Center

Mountain States Group

1607 W. Jefferson

Boise, ID 83702

Learning Lab:

The Learning Lab offers Adult Basic Skills classes, Family literacy classes, and English Language Learners classes. The Adult Basic Skills class focuses on reading, writing, spelling, math, GED prep, and work skills, the Family literacy classes focus on adult basic skills, early childhood classes, and parent and child together time, and the English Language Learners classes offers an interactive computer curricula with tutoring to help with English conversation, and the skills learned in the Adult Basics Skills program. For additional information please utilize the contact information listed bellow.

Phone: (208) 344-1335

308 E 36th St Garden City, ID 83714

Parenting Classes

 

El-Ada Community Outreach:

El-ada offers vouchers to adults for parenting classes. These voucher are available at the Boise Community resource center, Mountain Home, and Homedale offices. For further information please contact:

Boise:

Phone (208) 345-2820

2250 S. Vista Boise, ID 83704

Mountain Home:

(208) 587-8407

585 North 3rd E. Mountain Home, ID 83647

Homedale:

(208) 337-4812

15 W. Colorado Homedale, ID 83628

Family Advocate Program Families First:

Is a free home based program that offers education services on child development, effective parenting skills, parenting classes, nutrition, and more. The program serves families and children ages 0 -12. Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

3010 West State # 104 Boise ID 83703

(208)345-3344

St. Alphonsus Family Center:

St Al’s offers a large variety of classes and services. Some of the services provided are babysitting Instruction; Bereavement; Breastfeeding; Childbirth Classes; Health Education; Lamaze; Nutrition Education; Parent Counseling; Parenting Classes; Parenting Information; Postpartum Support Group; Pregnancy Counseling; Refugee; Support Groups; Support Grp – Postpartum; Support Grp – SIDS. Please call for pricing, Medicare, Medicaid, and some private ins.

Phone: (208) 367-3453

900 N. Liberty Ste 100 Boise, ID 83704

The Landing:

The Landing offers a variety of community services including a food bank, parenting classes, a teen center, After School Program, Parenting Information, scholarship – youth, tutoring youth Activities/Groups, Community Arts Classes and other community activities.

Phone: (208) 377-1471 community center

(208) 939-4850 After School Program ex 1

(208) 939-4850 Teen Center

4950 N Bradley ST Boise, ID 83714

Additional Educational Opportunities

 

Boise Public Library:

The Boise Public Library offers books and audio resources for learning the English language; it has a collection of books for new adult readers, and other educational resources. For more information please visit in person, online, or call.

Phone: (208) 384-4076

715 South Capital Blv. Boise, ID 83702

El-Ada

El-Ada offers a co-payment assistance up to $50 for class fees, supplies, and programs for middle and high school students. For further information please call or visit their website.

Website:

Boise:

Phone (208) 345-2820

2250 S. Vista Boise, ID 83704

Mountain Home:

(208) 587-8407

585 North 3rd E. Mountain Home, ID 83647

Homedale:

(208) 337-4812

15 W. Colorado Homedale, ID 83628

Global Gardens:

is a refugee agriculture project that is sponsored by the Idaho Office for Refugees. There are at least 5 locations in Boise and Eagle and provide garden or farm space for around 80 refugee families as well as training in horticultural production and marketing. There are 3 sites that are community gardens where families can get a small space to grow vegetables for their families. Global Gardens also has two sites that are considered farms- they are larger (2-3 acres) and are not divided into smaller family plots. Refugees work together at these sites to cultivate vegetables for family consumption and for sale at local markets and restaurants.

1607 West Jefferson St. Boise, Idaho 83702

Contact: Katie Painter (Refugee Agriculture Coordinator)

(208)336-4222

Email: kpainter@idahorefugees.org

Girl Scouts:

Girl Scouts is an activity for girls that focus on self discovery, decision making, communication, ect. Days and times vary per girls scout leader. The annual cost is $12, and a uniform cost of $25. Applications can be attained online.

Phone: (208) 377-2011

META (MicroEnterprise Training and Assistance)

Is a nonprofit provider of direct and supportive small business assistance to new Americans, women, minorities, and other low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in southwest and south central Idaho. They offer business plan preparation, specialized counseling, business related interpreter services, professional referral services, business planning training, and Beyond the line business lunch workshops.

Ron Berning (program director)

1607 West Jefferson St. Boise, ID 83702

(208)336-5533

Educational items (computers)

Boise Bicycle Project:

The Boise Bicycle Project is a non-profit cooperative that gives free bike to children who are 13 years of age and under. They also have a program for youth who are 17 years or younger that allows youths to earn a bike by attending an orientation (1st Sat of the month at 10:30am) and participating in 6-8 hours of work time to complete the Earn-a-Bike checklist (please see website or call for further detail). Other programs include Lady’s Wrench Night, a B.A.S.H class that teaches bicycle safety to children k-6, Friday Night Bikes, and cabby.

Phone: (208) 429-6520

1027 South Lusk St. Boise, ID 83706

Wed. – Sat. 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Computers for Kids:

Computers for Kids are a non-profit organization that receives donated computers, refurbishes them, and then licenses them for children’s use in there home. Computers are available for grades k-14. $35 fee, with some scholarships available, and $65 fee’s for college students. Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00 pm.

8540 West Elisa Boise, ID

(208)345-0346

Aging Refugee Education

 

Service to Older Refugees:

Service to Older Refugees is a program that links refugees who are 60 years of age or older to services, specialized English classes, and assistance in naturalization (those who have been in the U.S for 5 years).

Phone: (208) 336-4222 Administration

1697 W. Jefferson ST. Boise, ID 83792

Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI):

Catholic Charities on Emerald in Boise offers an African Aging Refugee Group. Topics vary from week to week. Classes are free, and held on Fridays. Please call for more information.

Phone: (208)345-6031

4202 Emerald Boise, ID 83704

GED

 

El-Ada Community Action Partnership:

Amongst several other services El-Ada offers Payment for GED preparation testing through College of Western Idaho. For further information please go to http:www.cwidaho.cc/adult-basic-education. You may also gain information by contacting per area. The areas are as follows:

CWI GED services (208) 562-2068 or (208) 562-3000;
http:www.cwidaho.cc/adult-basic-education

El-Ada Administrative office (208) 377-0700; website: www.eladacap.org

College of Western Idaho:

The College of Western Idaho offers a free Adult Basic Education Program (ABE), GED preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Orientation schedules can be found online or you can call for more information.

Nampa: Valery Stacey, ABE Coordinator (208) 562-2087 or ValerieStacey@cwidaho.cc

Katya Gourley, ESL coordinator (208) 562-2014 or KatyaGourley@cwidaho.cc

Boise: Linda Kopelowitz ABE coordinator (208)562-2527 or LindaKopelowitz@cwidaho.cc

Fern VanMaren, ESL coordinator (208) 562-2571 or FernVanMaren@cwidaho.cc

CWI Oak Park Center in Boise

2323 South Vista Ave Boise, ID 83705

CWI Canyon County Center in Caldwell

2407 Caldwell Blv Nampa Id 83651

Centennial Job Corps Center:

Job Corps is a free program that helps people between the ages 16-24 gain career, technical, and academic training. Centennial Job Corps offers hands on career technical training, academic training, and they can help you get your GED or High school diploma. For more information please visit the website or utilize the contact information listed bellow.

Phone: (208) 442-4500 or (800) 733-5627

3201 Ridgecrest Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Learning Lab:

The Learning Lab offers Adult Basic Skills classes, Family literacy classes, and English Language Learners classes. The Adult Basic Skills class focuses on reading, writing, spelling, math, GED prep, and work skills, the Family literacy classes focus on adult basic skills, early childhood classes, and parent and child together time, and the English Language Learners classes offers an interactive computer curricula with tutoring to help with English conversation, and the skills learned in the Adult Basics Skills program. For additional information please utilize the contact information listed bellow.

Phone: (208) 344-1335

308 E 36th St Garden City, ID 83714

www.learninglabinc.org

Alternative Education

 

Boise Evening School:

Boise Evening School offers evening classes for people trying to gain their high school diploma. Classes are free to Boise residents under 21 years. Non-residents and adults 21 and over are charged a fee. For more information visit their website or call.

Phone (208) 854-6700

8051 W. Salt Creek CT Boise, ID 83709

Independent School District of Boise City:

The Independent School District of Boise City offers an English learners program for students ranging from k-12. Some of the elementary sites are Grace Jorden elementary, Hillcrest elementary, Horizon elementary, Jefferson elementary, Koelsch elementary, Lowell elementary, Morley Nelson elementary, Mnt. View elementary, Taft elementary, White Pine elementary, Whitney elementary, and Whittier elementary. The website offers parent handbooks in multiple languages. For additional information contact information is listed bellow.

Phone (208) 854-4000

8169 W. Victory Rd Boise, ID 83709

Centennial Job Corps Center:

Job Corps is a free program that helps people between the ages 16-24 gain career, technical, and academic training. Centennial Job Corps offers hands on career technical training, academic training, and they can help you get your GED or High school diploma. For more information please visit the website or utilize the contact information listed bellow.

Phone: (208) 442-4500 or (800) 733-5627

3201 Ridgecrest Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Marian Prichet High School:

Marion Prichet High School is a free program for pregnant or parenting young women up to 20 wanting to earn a high school diploma. They have an on site social worker, a school store, on campus daycare, and information and referral services available. Registration is Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. For more information please call or visit their website.

Phone: (208) 854-6830

1617 North 24th Boise, ID 83702

Frank Church High School:

Frank Church High School is an alternative high school for grades 9-12. They have an evening class program that runs two nights a week for each subject. Classes run on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. For more information please utilize the contact information bellow.

Phone: (208) 854-5650

8051 W Salt Cr CT Boise, ID 83709