Finding Safe, Reliable, Quality Child Care
Employers can help employees find quality, affordable child care throughout Idaho.
Looking for child care can be stressful for parents. Knowing what to ask, what to look for, who to trust, and how to compare options is hard. There are so many different child care options, looking for child care can easily turn into an overwhelming and confusing experience for parents.
Employers can help by:
- Referring employees to IdahoSTARS Child Care Resource Centers (CCRCs) for assistance in looking for child care. Child Care Resource Center regional offices have staff specialists who help families find child care and work with providers to become licensed and to offer high-quality child care. Families can conduct an online search or reach out to the Idaho Careline by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588.
- Posting signs or flyers with links to the IdahoSTARS web site and the Idaho Careline in places where employees regularly gather such as the copy machine or the lunch room.
- Reducing parent stress over child care. Do families need help finding child care for a special needs child? Do they need child care during non-traditional hours (like evenings or weekends)? Are parents looking for a Pre-K program, summer camp or, after-school program? IdahoSTARS Child Care Resource Centers can help. They know all the options. They can work with families to help parents make informed decisions. Calling the Careline at 1-800-926-2588 makes it easy!
- Assisting new hires and employees who are relocating with child care information. If your business has a new hire packet, include a flyer about IdahoSTARS to assist new employees in finding child care. If your business has families who are relocating, you can work with the Child Care Resource Centers to offer employees assistance in finding child care. Moving can be stressful enough, let CCRC staff help your employees to find child care that best meets their needs.
Child Care Resource Centers
The role of CCRCs include:
- Offering education to parents about quality child care, its importance, and how it directly impacts individual families
- Offering direct services to child care providers to increase quality practices and connecting child care providers with opportunities in IdahoSTARS as well as with outside agencies for additional support
- Recruiting child care providers to participate in the Idaho Child Care Program and other IdahoSTARS programs
- Increase the visibility and importance of quality child care
Child Care Subsidies
For low-income families, child care subsidies are available based on family income. To find out more about the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) that helps low income families afford quality child care, check out the ICCP program under Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare web page. Families can learn more information about the ICCP program and how to apply for assistance on this web page.
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