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About Us

Your Child Is in Great Hands

Why Moscow Day School?

  • We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for students from all backgrounds.​

  • Children are cared for in classroom settings, ensuring that each day's lessons and activities are appropriate for their age and abilities. 

  • Classroom settings also help children develop skills around listening and following directions, making friends with classmates, and building routines.  

  • Outdoor play and learning is prioritized, and there are multiple opportunities each day to be outside (as weather permits). 

  • Enrichment activities include taking class walks, scheduled visits from community partners, and Friday water play during the summer months. 

  • Children need not be potty trained to attend MDS. Our teachers work with parents to ensure consistent skill building during this important phase of child development.

  • Our school is actively engaged with the Idaho STARS Steps to Quality Rating and Improvement System and is currently at Step 3: Celebrating and cultivating a strong and growing level of quality childcare that is recognized by the state of Idaho.

  • MDS participates in the Idaho Child Care Program, which provides financial assistance for families based upon their income. 

  • Our school strives to pay teachers a living wage that fairly recognizes their hard work and dedication. In 2023, MDS committed to starting all teachers at $15 per hour. 

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Philosophy

Our school has been serving Moscow and surrounding communities since 1979. Moscow Day School offers childcare for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Our program utilizes a classroom model where infants, waddlers, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as those in Pre-K preparing for Kindergarten get age-appropriate care. Built on the core principle that children thrive when presented with opportunities to learn through hands on experience in a structured environment, we are committed to small class sizes, open and frequent communication with parents, and empowerment of our kids.

Moscow Day School is a parent-run, not-for profit center committed to the earliest stages of childhood education. We invest in keeping our teacher-to-student ratios low to ensure our kids get the individual attention they need and deserve.

The school opened in September 1979 when a group of parents saw a need for quality child care and worked together to start the school. Parents make up the Board of Directors and volunteer their time and energy. The school would not have existed for more than 40 years without parent support. We are located in the lower level of the Moscow First Presbyterian Church, next to Moscow Senior High School and across from the Latah County Courthouse. The church has been a wonderful long-term landlord, though our school has no religious affiliation or curriculum. 

 

Our facilities include five classrooms, an indoor gym, a fully-fenced playground, an enrichment program room, and access to the church sanctuary for special events.

Health & Safety

This is a well-child childcare center. This means that if your child is not feeling well, for any reason, they will need to stay home until symptoms have subsided. Control of communicable illness between children is a prime concern. Policies and guidelines related to outbreaks of communicable illness have been developed with the help of local health officials. In order to protect the entire group of children, as well as your own child, we ask that parents assist Moscow Day School by not bringing their child if he/she has a contagious illness or exhibits any of the symptoms listed within our policy. ​

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