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Monday, March 02, 2009



The Idaho Child Care Program Advisory Panel assists the Department of Health and Welfare in promoting the continuous improvement of the services provided by the Idaho Child Care Program.  


The Panel consists of up to 25 Idaho Child Care Program Stakeholders. Collectively, these individuals — parents and providers, educators and advocates — bring a variety of perspectives together to collaboratively develop recommendations to the Department about the Idaho Child Care Program. The Department uses these recommendations in planning and prioritizing the future direction of the Program. 


Among their most instrumental recommendations was the development for the scope and purpose of a statewide Professional Development System — known as Idaho State Training and Registry System — IdahoSTARS.

Panel members use consensus-based processes in the development of recommendations or advise that they offer the Department. Details about their roles, responsibilities, and decision-making processes are described in their Charter and Procedures


Questions or comments can be directed to:


Genie Sue Weppner, ICCP Program Manager, Self-Reliance Programs
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
P.O. Box
Boise, ID 



Panel Composition 


Idaho Child Care Program Advisory Panel members may include, but are not limited to, representation from the following:

    • Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
    • The Idaho Community Action Network
    • Head Start Service Provide
    • The Governor’s Offic
    • Resource and Referral Agencies  
    • District Health Departments 
    • Parents 
    • Tribal representation
    • Hispanic representatio
    • Department of Labo
    • Child Care Providers, including family or relative provider
    • Private sector business representativ
    • Non-Profit Organization
    • Idaho Infant Toddler Interagency Coordination Council
    • Department of Educatio
    • Local Government
    • University and Higher Education



The Idaho Child Care Program Advisory Panel (Panel) has provided a number of recommendations and feedback documents to the Department of Health and Welfare over the past several years. The Department uses this feedback to refine and enhance the Idaho Child Care Program.


Consensus-Based Products: Consensus-based processes are used to develop group recommendations, to which every individual participant agrees, for submittal to the Department for its consideration


Feedback: The group learns about and discusses an issue and individual perspectives are collected, documented, and submitted to the Department for its consideration.


The Department uses Panel recommendations in its planning and prioritizing of future work.