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Smart Start Philosophy

The mission of BGCWN's Smart Start is to provide an age-appropriate environment that meets the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs and abilities of each child. In doing so, we seek to inspire and enable the healthy development of all young children, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential in life.

Our curriculum is derived from the Nevada Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten standards. Through planned activities and consistent daily schedules, as well as a safe and caring environment, our staff meet each child at their individual creative, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social needs to assist them on their developmental path. By providing a variety of hands-on activities and experiences to encourage exploration, manipulation, problem solving, and sharing, each child is given a sense of empowerment and self-control.

Russell Center Smart Start

1870 Russell Way, Carson City, NV 89706 - Inside the Carson City Clubhouse

  • Members must be between the ages of 3 to 5 years.
  • All children must be potty trained. 
  • Hours of Operation: 7 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
  • Fees: $192 for a full week, $150 for part-time care (up to 3 days a week). Both monthly and weekly pay schedules are available.
  • Lunch and a snack are provided daily. 
  • Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Site Director: Jamilyn Jones - jamilynj@bgcwn.org
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COMING SOON: Thompson Center Smart Start

710 W 4th Street, Carson City, NV 89703 - In the Student Services Building behind Bordewich Bray Elementary School

  • Opening in August of 2024.
  • Members must be between the ages of 9 months to 5 years.
  • Hours of Operation: 6:30 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
  • Fees available upon request.
  • Priority enrollment will be given to Carson City School District employees for this location. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
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COMING SOON: Wray Family Center Smart Start

990 Ironwood Drive, Minden, Nevada 89423 - Inside the Wray Family Clubhouse

  • Opening in Fall of 2024.
  • Members must be between the ages of 9 months to 5 years.
  • Hours of Operation: 7 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday
  • Fees available upon request.
  • Priority enrollment will be given to Carson Valley Health employees for this location. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. 
Apply for Wray Family Center

COMING SOON: Mountain Center Smart Start

2805 Mountain Street, Carson City, Nevada 89703

  • Opening in Spring of 2025
  • Hours of operations to be determined.
  • Member must be between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. 
  • To be placed on the waitlist for Mountain Center, please contact Michele Williams at michelew@bgcwn.org

Words from Our Smart Start Parents

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  • "My child has really thrived at the Boys & Girls Club’s preschool. He was viewed as a challenge at a prior facility, and they even went as far as to say my child needed to be 'further evaluated cognitively', but the teachers at BGCWN have reassured me that my child is an amazing kid that is smart, helpful, and kind. They strive to make my child believe that about himself as well. They all love him, care for him, and uplift him on a daily basis."