Welcome to Little Explorers Learning Academy, where we provide nurturing and faith-based childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Now enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year.

Please give us a call for more information: (208) 981-0225.  

We understand that choosing the right childcare center is an important decision for your child’s growth and development. At Little Explorers, we strive to create a loving and supportive environment that fosters the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each child in our care.

Our Story

With over 30 years of combined experience, founders Shawna Disterhaupt and Jill Verburg strive to enhance  play-based learning by creating environments in which  rich play experiences are available.  

We know parents put a lot of thought and care into choosing a childcare center for their child. Schedule a    tour today to discover what Little Explorers Learning Academy is all about! 


Uniquely Different Childcare

  • Our staff is extensively background checked and are CPR and First Aid certified.
  • We are a play-based preschool and believe most learning objectives can be accomplished through play.
  • We believe in helping children and families build a strong, Christ-centered foundation that anchors all learning back to the God who created our world.
  • We strongly support science, nature,  art, music and movement, and literacy.
  • We have a caring and dedicated staff who takes an interest in every child.


Our preschool is Idaho Stars Certified. Our staff is extensively background checked and are CPR and First Aid certified. We also take ICCP which aids in your childcare assistance.

Core Values


We believe that God has an active part of all aspects of our lives. Therefore, we lead all activities with this in mind.



We take time to connect with each of our students to build trust through patience, compassion, and consistency. 


We believe in learning through play. The play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. Learn more about our “play-based” philosophy here.


We infuse quality into every aspect of our preschool. Every day we create an environment filled with love and warmth that focuses on your child’s social and emotional wellbeing.