A Child’s Heart offers an array of resources. Below we’ve compiled internal and external resources, including our parent handbook, biting policy, tuition policy, and useful parenting and child care links.
In this section, you will find information about various Idaho child care programs, assistance programs, and parenting resources.
For a guide to all community resources and supports in Ada County, go to Self Rescue Manual
Steps to Quality
A Child’s Heart is currently in the process of getting their Steps to Quality, Idaho’s child care Quality Rating System and Improvement System (QRIS), measures the quality of care in a center and home-based child care settings. The Steps to Quality provides care programs with a set of tools to create a high quality setting where all children thrive. We recently completed Step 2 in the Steps to Quality for Idaho Star, which allows us to continue to build upon the foundation of your child's early care experiences. Participation in STQ is one of the best choices your child care program can make to demonstrate their commitment to quality
If you want more information or have any questions, go to Steps To Quality
A Child’s Heart is in the process of obtaining our Health Initiatives designation through the City of Boise. The Healthy Initiatives addresses the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and strengthens the child care standards in the City of Boise.
The Healthy Initiatives are comprised of the following parts:
- Physical Activity: Allotted time every day for children to get outside and be active, including play both inside and outside.
- Screen Time: Limits on the time spent each day where children use and interact with screens (TV, mobile devices, computers, video games).
- Nutrition: Meals and snacks served by child care providers.
- Infant Feeding: A private, designated location, other than a restroom for breastfeeding.
If you want more information or have any questions, go to Healthy Initiatives
A Child’s Heart is a part of the Nutrition Works program, which is a federally funded food program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that works to ensure each child in childcare is getting the best possible nutrition they can get. Nutrition Works by Jannus provides nutritious meals and snacks to your child. Participation in Nutrition Works is one of the best choices your child care program can make to demonstrate their commitment to your child's wellness and development.
If you want more information or have any questions, go to Nutrtion Works
A Child’s Heart is currently in the process of getting their IdahoSTARS designation. IdahoSTARS is the leading expert and resource for quality child care here in Idaho. The IdahoStars project sets child care providers up for success by offering professional development and resources, such as current standards and resources for a child to receive the best possible care.
A Child’s Heart is currently participating in the STQ program and moving through Steps 1-6. A successful program maintains the quality indicators of the previous steps while striving for verification at a higher step. Step 3 programs are STAR-rated, meaning they have reached a base level of high quality. These programs, and those at Steps 4-6 are promoted as a high-quality early care and education programs in Idaho.
For more detailed information, please visit IdahoSTARS
Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP)
Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) is accepted at A Child’s Heart. ICCP helps low-income families, parents who work or attend school, or parents participating in short term activities to prevent their children from being placed in foster care to pay for child care.
For more detailed information, please visit ICCP
Here at A Child’s Heart, our curriculum is based on ABCJesusLovesMe, which empowers our Christian-based child care and learning facility. ABCJesusLovesMe is an all encompassing, research based preschool curriculum for ages 1-5 that ties its teachings in with academics, development, and the Bible.
For more information on our curriculum, go to ABCJesusLovesMe
A Child’s Heart is a proud premium level member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is committed to promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.
NAEYC is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting quality early-learning experiences for young children, from birth to age eight. The organization strives to achieve a society where children thrive and learn, ensuring they reach their full potential.
For more information on the organization, please go to NAEYC.org
Free Guide to Childcare
For your convenience, the team at A Child's Heart wrote a free guide to Childcare that helps parents explore, understand, and research child-care options to make informed choices.
In this Free Childcare Guide, you will find solutions to fit your child's needs. You will also be provided with resources, such as how to find child care that meets your standards, questions to ask, and a checklist to help you decide whether or not a childcare center is the right fit for your child.
To download the guide, please click Free Guide to Childcare