The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP)

Financial assistance for low-income families

What is ICCP?

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides assistance to low income families to help pay child care costs. The purpose of the program is to support families working toward or maintaining employment. Eligibility is based on household income and family size.

If you need child care because you have a child under the age of thirteen, or age thirteen or older with special needs, AND you meet the following criteria:

  • Work;
  • Attend school;
  • Support a foster child;
  • Are in an approved job training program; or
  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI).

How much does it pay?

The amount ICCP pays is based on:

  • The number of hours the parents are working, going to school, or participating in approved activities;
  • Household income; and
  • An established state rate, which varies according to age of child, type of care, and location of provider.

Parents pay a portion of the cost of child care, called a "co-pay." The co-pay is paid by the parent to the provider monthly.

If a provider charges more than the state rate, parents must pay the difference, as well as their co-pay. You can learn more about the co-pay structure and income limits on the website.

As a parent, what are my rights?

  • Select who will care for your children;
  • Determine how many hours to have your children in child care;
  • See your children at any time while they are in child care;
  • Talk with the people taking care of your children during regular business hours; and
  • Request a fair hearing if you disagree with any action taken on your child care case. You have thirty (30) days from the date of the Department's decision to request a hearing.

As a parent, what are my responsibilities?

You are responsible to provide accurate information about changes that would affect your eligibility for this program by reporting:

  • When activity hours change to zero;
  • Change in address;
  • Change in who is in your household;
  • Change in child care provider or stopping child care services; and
  • When your income exceeds the income limit for your household size (visit benefitprograms.dhw.idaho.gov).

Failure to report these changes may result in an overpayment of fraud penalty.

For more information, please visit the Idaho Child Care Assistance Page or dial 2-1-1.