Assistance for Idaho Families

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) helps low-income families pay for child care through tuition assistance from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Child care providers receive regular payments while providing quality child care for some of the children in the greatest need.

Your business can also be marketed (if you choose) for referrals through IdahoSTARS. More information about ICCP eligibility can be found through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Reach out to us with your questions by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588. Ask to speak to your local Child Care Resource Specialist. 

Enrollment Requirements

If you are interested in participating in ICCP, you must complete all Idaho State Day Care Licensing requirements. This includes:

  • pediatric CPR and pediatric first aid certifications
  • facility health and safety inspection
  • If you don't live in a city that requires city licensing, you will need to complete Criminal History Unit enhanced background checks for all staff or household members aged 13 and older.

You must also complete annual health and safety training.

ICCP requires all who care for children in a child care facility to take 12 hours of required training annually. All trainings can be found in RISE on your account dashboard.

For your first year of certification, you will complete a 12-hour series of free courses designed to cover a variety of health and safety topics.

Every year after your certification, you will complete a two-hour pre-selected health and safety training for annual renewal. You will also complete 10 hours of training on topics of your choice.

For more information about training required for ICCP, view the ICCP tab in the RISE Help section.

Choose Safe Places

Choose Safe Places is a voluntary program from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. It encourages informed choices for location of early care and education sites by increating awareness of potential environmental concerns. 

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