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The Local Market Rates (LMR) are the maximum monthly amounts that the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) will pay per child. The LMR is based on an analysis of private pay or unsubsidized rates of child care in Idaho based on age (infant, toddler, preschooler, and five and over) and county of active, licensed child care programs. The market rate for infants is set at 85% of maximum care for infants, 80% of the rate for toddlers, and 75% for children over 3.  The rates are then broken down by the type of care (child care center or family/group care) and the amount of care (full or part-time).   

 The LMR survey is conducted every three years in conjunction with the Idaho State Plan. The next evaluation will begin in February 2024 and is scheduled to be implemented in October 2024. Child care program owners and directors can help ensure the market rate is accurate by updating their rates in the Program Information Review (PIR) in RISE on a regular basis.