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What our preschool is all about!

With 30 years of combined experience in early childhood education, Shawna and Jill saw a growing need in North Idaho for more quality preschools and childcare centers. Both fueled by their passion and desire to create a safe and nurturing space that is glorifying to God, Little Explorers Learning Academy was created.

Their mission for Little Explorers is to provide a well-rounded, hands-on education through the use of play. “Learning through play” builds more complex, higher-order skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. We strongly believe that play-based learning sets up each child to develop emotionally, physically, socially, & spiritually.

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We believe in learning through play. Play in the preschool years enables children to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as to use and develop their imagination and creativity.



We are currently enrolling students. Please email littleexplorerspf@gmail.com for enrollment forms.


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.

Come Visit Us

We are always accepting tours during our business hours. We recommend scheduling your visit mid-morning if possible to get a full picture of our program. Please contact us by calling 208.981.0225 or email us at littleexplorerspf@gmail.com.

Little Explorers Learning Academy

1687 E Horsehaven Ave



What Our Families are Saying

I recommend Little Explorers Learning Academy because you won’t find a place that has the most honest, respected, and well educated teachers like they have there.

It takes a special kind of person to care for other children and I believe with my whole heart you are that kind of person.

I have known Shawna Disterhaupt for over 30 years and she is one of the most amazing, kind, caring, responsible, reliable people I know. Her love of children and dedication to their growth, development, and happiness are some of the things I admire most about her.