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Give Your Child a Smart Start

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Nurturing Care

We are a full-service, all-inclusive center where children are loved and nurtured in an environment that encourages learning!
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Flexible Options

We are open earlier and later than most other centers in the area. Children can be enrolled full time, part time, or hourly.
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Enriching Programs

We provide child care for infants & toddlers, preschool, and before and after school care. Plus, we have a summer program!

Choosing a child care center you can trust with your child is a big decision—
at Smart Starts Child Care in Idaho Falls, ID, we make it easy.

preschool, before and after school care in Idaho Falls, ID

Caring For Children Is Our Chosen Profession

Children are special to us and their well-being is our main concern. We truly enjoy talking and playing with each child while meeting their physical and emotional needs. Every child is loved and treated as a uniquely special person while in our care.

At Smart Starts, our goal is to create a space that encourages learning, developing, and lots of love. We provide child care, preschool, and before and after school care for children up to age 12. Our summer program includes regular trips to various parks, swimming pools, the library, zoo, and movie theater. Meals and snacks are provided, and we offer transportation to all schools in the Idaho Falls Joint School Districts and Shelley School District!

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden.”

-Anonymous

Events Calendar

Our Summer Program Begins June 1, 2021!

Preschool/Fall Session

August 31, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Why is Smart Starts the Right Choice for Your Child?

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Our warm, welcoming, loving staff creates a safe and inclusive space for each child to learn and grow. Our goal is to make each child’s experience with us one that is enjoyable, productive, and nurturing. We think outside the box with lessons, crafts, and learning opportunities to help our children develop a lifelong love of learning. Our staff has experience serving children with disabilities, especially those who are non-verbal, have autism, allergies, or asthma. We are licensed with the City of Idaho Falls, and all staff members are certified in CPR/First Aid and have passed a background check.

Resources

Infant Enrollment Packets

Fill out these forms to begin the enrollment process for your baby (0-12 months)!

Child Enrollment Packets

Fill out these forms to begin the enrollment process for your child!

Employment Application

Interested in working with us?
Fill out an application today!

About Us

In 2004, friends asked Amy Jones to care for their little fella while they worked. She began taking care of him and continued to do so after the family learned that he had some hearing impairment, speech delays, and autism. Amy cared for him throughout all of the testing, and his family felt comfortable entrusting their son to her.

Amy received so many referrals that she had to get licensed by the City of Idaho Falls, and she began caring for several children at a time, all the while gaining even more referrals from happy families. She received an upgrade in city licensing and began offering preschool and fun summer activities. Eventually, she leased a building for her child care center, and today she and her team are professionals striving daily to provide children with the very best care, treating them like the special little friends they are!

Amy

Owner & Director

Amy is the owner and director of Smart Starts. She has a passion for children and loves to watch the minds of children work! She is friendly, strong, and loves to be among her little friends. Talking with the children and listening to them is a huge talent she has. The children trust Amy, and every time she walks in the room, the children stop what they are doing and give her hugs and tell her about their hair-do’s or shirts or brand-new shoes. Their excitement gives Amy warm fuzzies and the strength to continue. Amy is a wife to Jason and mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 12. She loves her children and will do anything for them.

Kathy

Assistant Director

Kathy has had 51 years’ experience in childcare. She cared for other people’s children for many years before she decided to continue in this line of “work.” Kathy has her Administrator Certificate as well as an associate degree in Early Childhood Professions. Kathy taught in the Early Childhood Professions class at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls for 25 years. She worked with teen parents and the school district employees’ children. Kathy taught the high school students proper childcare habits and basic tasks such as how to change a diaper and feed a baby/child. Kathy loves children and watching them progress, learn, and grow. Kathy is an advocate for teaching and learning about brain development in infants to adults. She feels that teaching children from birth about their world and supplying/planning age-appropriate activities is a number-one priority. Kathy has three children, two granddaughters, and a fur baby! She loves all of them and is very proud of her children!!!

Amy

Owner & Director

Amy is the owner and director of Smart Starts. She has a passion for children and loves to watch the minds of children work! She is friendly, strong, and loves to be among her little friends. Talking with the children and listening to them is a huge talent she has. The children trust Amy, and every time she walks in the room, the children stop what they are doing and give her hugs and tell her about their hair-do’s or shirts or brand-new shoes. Their excitement gives Amy warm fuzzies and the strength to continue. Amy is a wife to Jason and mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 12. She loves her children and will do anything for them.

Kathy

Assistant Director

Kathy has had 51 years’ experience in childcare. She cared for other people’s children for many years before she decided to continue in this line of “work.” Kathy has her Administrator Certificate as well as an associate degree in Early Childhood Professions. Kathy taught in the Early Childhood Professions class at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls for 25 years. She worked with teen parents and the school district employees’ children. Kathy taught the high school students proper childcare habits and basic tasks such as how to change a diaper and feed a baby/child. Kathy loves children and watching them progress, learn, and grow. Kathy is an advocate for teaching and learning about brain development in infants to adults. She feels that teaching children from birth about their world and supplying/planning age-appropriate activities is a number-one priority. Kathy has three children, two granddaughters, and a fur baby! She loves all of them and is very proud of her children!!!

Request a Tour

Let our team show you why Smart Starts is so special, and how we can help your child grow!
Give us a call today at 208-528-0219, or fill out the form below to request a tour!

Smart Starts Child Care

450 W 18th St
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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BBB RATING: A+
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Hours

Monday – Friday
5:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday
5:30 AM – 4:00 PM