Idaho Child Care Program

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) serves families with children under the age of 13 or over 13 if a child has a disability, providing child care assistance to working families by paying for a portion of child care. The parent’s share is based on the size of the family and the amount of their income.

Qualify for child care assistance

We help Idaho families with childcare so parents can work, complete job training, or finish school. You may qualify for childcare assistance if you have children and are doing one of the following:

  • Working
  •  Attending school or undergraduate school (online not accepted) 
  • Participating in job training
  • Participating in the Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) program

Parents pay a portion of the child care, called a “copay or copayment,” directly to the childcare provider. We use the following information to determine how much the state will pay to the child care provider:

  • Number of hours parents are working, in school, or participating in approved activities
  • Household income
  • State rate based on the age of the child, type of care, and location of the provider
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Quality Child Care - IdahoSTARS
IdahoSTARS inspires practical early learning and empowers parents to make safe and educational childcare a top priority.
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Idaho Child Care Program brochure
Choices in child care

Children enrolled in quality childcare programs enter school more prepared to learn.

Child Care Assistance is meant to give parents equal access to approved, quality child care providers. To find a safe place where your child can learn and grow when you can’t be home, visit IdahoSTARS.org. On this website, and on IdahoChildCareCheck.org, you can view health and safety inspection results, as well as other standards met by a childcare provider.

As you search for child care, remember that as a parent, you have the right to:

  • Choose who will care for your child
  • Choose how many hours your child will spend in childcare
  • See your child at any time when they are in childcare
  • Speak with the people taking care of your child during regular operating hours

To talk to an Idaho STARS Referral Specialist about finding the childcare provider that’s right for you, or to make a complaint, visit 211.idaho.gov or dial 2-1-1.

Amount of Child Care Assistance
  • A portion of the cost of childcare can be covered by the Idaho Child Care Program. Most parents will have to pay a copay, and any childcare amounts exceeding the program limit.
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Childcare Co-pay chart

Child Care information for providers

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This page provides information about who needs to be licensed to become a childcare provider as well as the process to receive that license.
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Resources are available to Idaho-licensed childcare providers to either complete the required Continuing Education Credits or participate in the Professional Development Program.
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Childcare providers can find helpful resources and information on this site that will support licensing requirements as well as improve quality of care in a facility.