Daycare Licensing Requirements
The information below is a summary of the extra information you may need to know in order to obtain or keep an Idaho daycare license.
Daycare Licensing Fee
Upon receipt of your application by IdahoSTARS, a referral will be made to your local Health District for the collection of the licensing fee. Your Health District will then contact you with information on how to make your fee payment. The fee amount is determined by the criteria below:
Daycare Center $325
(with 26 or more children in attendance at any given time)
Daycare Center $250
(with 13-25 children in attendance at any given time)
Group Daycare $100
Family Daycare $100
For state daycare licensing, each owner or operator of a daycare center licensed by the Department must receive and ensure that each staff member receives and completes four (4) hours of ongoing training every twelve (12) months after the staff member’s date of hire.
“Training” means continuing education in child development areas relating to child care. Beginning October 1, 2016, child care providers participating in the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) will be required to complete a series of free online courses designed to cover a variety of health and safety topics for providers in Idaho.
For state daycare licensing, the training will count if the staff member takes the training after their hire date. It will be credited for the licensing period in which the training was taken and will only count one time.
City licensed providers – please check with your city to determine if trainings will meet local ordinances.
Criminal History Compliance
A department criminal history background check clearance, completed within the last three years, can be transferred to any new employer.
When using a transferred department criminal history check clearance for daycare licensing, the new employer must also ensure that a new Idaho State Police name-based record check is completed with no disqualifying crimes found.
A copy of the department criminal history clearance letter and the Idaho State Police record check must be on file with the new employer.
If a Department criminal history and background check clearance is more than three years old from the date of hire, a new Department criminal history and background check is required.
A department criminal history background check on youth 13-17 years old must include a check of juvenile justice records for each jurisdiction in which the youth has resided since age 13. The juvenile justice check is to include records of adjudication of the magistrate division of the district court, county probation services and department records. Use our Authorization and Request for Search of Juvenile Justice Records form to request this information.
For more information, read our Compliance History Compliance Facts and Guidelines document.
Insurance and Fire Inspection Information
Proof of Liability and Fire Insurance and a copy of your approved Fire Safety Inspection must be submitted with the daycare license application.
Local Compliance Information
Your city or county may have local ordinances related to daycare which cover Building Codes, Electrical Codes and Planning and Zoning Codes. Proof of Compliance with Local Ordinances must be submitted with the daycare license application.
These documents may include:
- Business Licenses
- Home Occupation Certificates
- Special Use Permits
- A letter from your city or county stating you are in compliance with local ordinances
Verification of Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid
Certifications in Pediatric Rescue Breathing, Infant-Child CPR and First Aid Treatment must be submitted with your daycare license application.
Certification needs to be completed through a course offered by a certified instructor. Online courses are not acceptable.
Referral and Completion of the Health Inspection
Once the Health District receives the referral from the Vendor Specialist that you are ready for your Health Inspection, you will be contacted by your Health District to complete the required inspection.
Visit the Health District website to obtain a copy of the Health District’s Childcare Guidelines.
It's important to keep good records about daycare staff, and the children who have/are attending, for at least twelve months. Read the complete list of Record Requirements to find out what kind of information you must keep on file to be in compliance for your daycare license.