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Families who select licensed child care programs are assured:
Idaho state law has established health and safety standards in daycare licensing to protect the health and safety of children.
City and county governments can establish and enforce their own licensing requirements. Local ordinances or participation in certain programs may require you to be licensed even if you meet exemption criteria.
You will need to get a license if you:
Fingerprint background checks
You, your staff, and any household members over the age of 13 must have a cleared background check.
If you are required to get an Idaho State Day Care License, or if you are legally exempt from licensure, you will need to get an Idaho Criminal History Unit, Criminal History and Background Check. To do this, visit the Idaho Criminal History Unit and follow all the directions provided.
If you are required to be licensed by a city, you must follow that city’s fingerprint requirements.
Pediatric CPR and pediatric first aid certifications
There must always be one person on the premises who is certified in pediatric CPR and pediatric first aid.
For assistance with the obtaining pediatric CPR and pediatric first aid, contact your local CCRC office by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588. Ask to speak with a Resource Specialist.
Facility health and safety inspection
Your child care facility must pass a health and safety inspection. Here are some considerations you should take before your health inspection:
For assistance with health and safety requirements, contact your local CCRC office by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588. Ask to speak with a Health Consultant.
We encourage you to consider participating in the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). This program is designed to assist low-income families with the costs of child care. Licensing and ICCP share many of the same requirements. You can apply for ICCP at the same time you apply for state licensing.
IdahoSTARS processes all state licensing applications for child care (daycare) and is here to answer your questions.
If you need more information, visit Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Licensing, or call 2-1-1. Ask to speak to IdahoSTARS Customer Support. Alternatively, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.