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Child Care Development Fund Quality Partnership Funding Opportunity

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Idaho Child Care Program is offering a funding opportunity for new applicants who demonstrate they work on one or both components as part of the Child Care Development Fund Quality Partnership.

  1. Evidence and Best Practice Quality Improvement Designed to Improve Child Development Outcomes
    Each Partnership must provide evidence and best practice based quality improvement that is designed to improve child development outcomes for children participating in an early and/or out-of-school time care setting. Examples of quality improvement activities that will be considered include: 

  • Professional development for child care or education teachers that align the Core Knowledge and Competencies for early care and education in Idaho.  

  • Professional development for child care teachers that align the Idaho Early Learning Guidelines

  • Implementation of evidence-based curriculum and valid and reliable child observation measures

  • Services or activities focused on advancing growth in the Steps to Quality program or alignment of indicators of quality to embed in Steps to Quality.  

  1. Collaboration with Child Care Programs Offering Early or Out-of-School Time Care
    The organization works to develop and implement the Quality Partnership through coordinated services with one or more child care programs offering early or out of school time care.


Subgrant Partnerships proposals will be available for a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $400,000 based on eligible expenses. CCDF Quality Partnerships may receive up to 60% in match reimbursement.  

The application deadline is January 11th, 2019. 
Application and supporting documentation can be found at

Child Care Subgrant Proposal

Appendix 1

Appendix 2-Child Care Subgrant Face Page

Appendix 3-Child Care Subgrant Budget




To be considered, all proposals must be submitted in writing and respond to the items outlined in this sub-grant. The State reserves the right to reject any non-responsive or non-conforming proposals. Each proposal must be submitted with three paper copies and one electronic copy. Proposals are submitted to:

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
450 West State Street
Boise, Idaho 83720
ATTN. Ericka Rupp

Child Care Assistance

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides child care assistance to low-income, working families by paying for a portion of child care. This program is for parents who work, attend school, or participate in approved activities to help prevent children from being placed in foster care. The program pays for part of the child care costs for eligible households, and parents also pay for a portion (called a co-pay). The parent’s share is based on the size of the family and the amount of their income. The Department also licenses child care providers and is working with community partners on a professional development system to improve child care services in Idaho

You may apply for child care assistance by visiting our Apply for Assistance page. Submit completed applications to your local Health and Welfare office. You may use the office-finder to assist you in finding your local office. You may also go directly to your local office and apply there. At the office you'll have an opportunity to talk with someone about your household situation and your needs so that you can make an informed choice about any services you want to receive. If you choose to go to your local office, be sure to go prepared with documentation that we use to verify your income, expenses, resources, etc. Taking these documents with you will speed up the time it takes us to process your application for assistance.

In order to receive assistance paying for child care, certain eligibility requirements must be met in areas such as residency, income, work/training activities, and other areas based on your household's circumstances.

The amount of child care assistance you get is based on a number of things like, your income, and the number of hours you spend working, in school, or participating in approved activities. The amount of assistance also varies by location in the State, and the type of provider your prefer for your children. Only a certain amount of the cost of child care can by covered by the Idaho Child Care Program. Most parents will have to pay for a portion of their child care costs - a co-pay as well as any amounts charged by the child care provider that exceeds the program limit.

If you want more information about the Idaho Child Care Program, check out the Child Care Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you need information or forms in a different format than provided on our web site, please do not hesitate to contact us.