Child care is one of the most critical work supports for parents to successfully participate in the labor market. Since the pandemic, labor force participation rates in Idaho have decreased and one of the major factors is lack of child care options. According to Idaho’s most recent Child Care Gap Assessment 74,670 children have the potential need for child care, and there are only 55,850 child care slots.
With a gap of nearly 20,000 child care seats in Idaho, there is a significant need to invest in Child Care Expansion Grants so that Idaho can continue to get back to work. This funding, administered by the Workforce Development Council, will increase the number of child care seats available to working families by targeting employers and/or child care providers willing to build new on-site or near-site child care facilities or expand existing facilities.
You can read the full Child Care Expansion white paper here.
You can view the Child Care Expansion Grant Policy here.