From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: We are pleased to offer an increase in maximum grant funding amounts for some Idaho child care facilities

July 1, 2022
DHW Director Dave Jeppesen

The Idaho Child Care Grants continue to provide funding for childcare providers in Idaho to make sure they can remain open and caring for children during the pandemic and as we recover. We’ve been accepting applications for the fourth phase of the grants, which are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Eligible grantees receive monthly payments based on business expenses detailed in the applications and the maximum grant amounts.

The applications we’ve received have allowed our Idaho Child Care Program staff better insight into the expenses of running a child care business in Idaho. Applications are being accepted again starting today through July 15.

That insight, coupled with a review of the available ARPA funds for the grants, led to an increase in the maximum grant amounts for the fourth phase of the grant. These updates will help keep our much-needed child facilities up and running across the state.

The new maximum monthly grant amounts are based on the type of child care provider. Eligible family and relative providers may receive up to $1,000 a month. Eligible group providers may receive up to $2,500 a month, Small centers may get up to $5,000 a month. Large centers, $10,000 a month. Eligible large centers with demonstrated monthly expenses exceeding $40,000 may receive up to $20,000 per month for the grant.

More information about the child care grants is available at https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/providers/child-care-providers/child-care-grants

One of the very best parts of my job is to see the positive feedback from the Idahoans we serve. When child care providers in Idaho recently found out they would receive significantly more support this next state fiscal year, they had overwhelming gratitude to share. I don’t know about you, but these responses really helped to fill my gratitude cup! I am thrilled we can provide more support for such critical help for Idaho families.

Here are some of the responses we received:

“Omigosh! Thank you so much.” – a child care provider in Meridian

“I can't tell you how much this is appreciated! I was just telling my husband that I needed to keep our 'machine' running, and it seems that our enrollment is down a bit, rather than rebounding, as I had hoped. This couldn't have come at a better time, and will really help with the facility bills. Thank you.” – a child care provider in  Boise

“Thank you very much. God bless everyone putting their efforts into this.” – a child care provider in Middleton

“Thank you. Holy cow is that helpful.” – a child care provider in Meridian

“Thank you so very much for this opportunity from the State of Idaho. We so very much appreciate this financial assistance! This grant has helped our school with payroll, supplies, etc. etc.! Your work to get this information available out to Child Care Centers is invaluable! Just know all your hard work and others is truly appreciated!” – a child care provider in Moscow

“This will make a huge difference for our children, families and staff. Thank you.” – a child care provider who serves both Boise and Meridian

“Well amen!  I about had a heart attack!  Thank you so much for all you do and seriously if you need help with anything please let me know!”- a child care provider in Ammon

I hope you have a safe and healthy Fourth of July!  

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at healthandwelfare.idaho.gov.