Opened in June 2015 by Jenny McMeekan, Smart Start Learning Academy in Coeur d’Alene is dedicated to educating preschool children ages 3 through kindergarten.
An alumna of Eastern Washington University, where she graduated with a reading endorsement (K-12), bachelor’s degree in education with an earth science minor, Jenny relocated to Coeur d’Alene where she worked as a public school teacher. She taught first grade at Skyway for four years and language arts and science to sixth graders at Woodland Middle School for seven years. During this time, Jenny saw a need for quality early learning centers.
“I have two boys who have gone to preschool in the area and always felt like they were missing the educational aspect,” she says.
Jenny decided to embark on her new journey as a preschool owner and educator at her own facility, bringing her knowledge and love of education to create Smart Start. “We strive to create the perfect mix of playing and learning. I think we often underestimate a child’s ability to learn at an early age.”
Smart Start Learning Academy’s primary focus is on education. According to Jenny, “We strive for quality instruction and care. Our goal is to have all graduating kindergarteners reading above grade level. We are different than other preschools because we follow lessons plans, curriculum and standards.”
At Smart Start, parents and children are greeted with a facility that is very clean, organized and secure with door code and cameras. The incredible teachers are dedicated and love to see their kids grow and learn. “I feel very lucky to have such great staff members,” says Jenny. “They are the best!”
When it comes to what Jenny finds most rewarding about the work she does each and every day, she says it’s seeing the children learn and grow. “When kids begin at Smart Start, we see their speech develop, they begin growing academically and socially. Parents see a change in their child,” she says. “It is fulfilling to see teachers feel the sense of pride when kids learn how to write their names, know letter sounds and begin reading. I know we are truly making a difference.”
It’s never too early to start learning and growing. If you have a young child and are interested in their program, they are currently accepting applications for children 3 years to kindergarten. You can schedule your tour today online at SmartStartCdA.com. Click on ‘Schedule Your Tour Today’ and fill out and submit your information.
Smart Start Learning Academy—where learners grow.
"What a wonderful place to learn and grow! We couldn’t have asked for more. A supportive, caring and absolutely friendliest staff with whom it’s easy to communicate. True professionals who know what they are doing. A well-structured daily program that teaches the children both academic and social skills. Our daughter has learned so much during only a few months. We as a family can and will warm-heartedly recommend Smart Start to anyone!"
- Mari T.
"We enrolled my son at Smart Start about a year ago, and we could not be happier with our decision to do so. All of his teachers are amazing, and it’s more than just a 'day care.' Their approach to learning is fun; this has really helped my son prepare for kindergarten. I believe that Smart Start has helped give him a head start and the educational foundation to help him succeed in school going forward. Also, the facility is always clean and well kept!" - Nakita H.
Smart Start Learning Academy
180 West Clayton Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815