Changes to Idaho's Immunization Law Affect Child Care Providers
Immunizing our children is a great way to keep them happy and healthy. Idaho children must receive required immunizations to attend child care and school. Changes went into effect on April 7, 2011. If you are a care provider or parent, be certain to review the requirements.
To attend a licensed childcare facility in Idaho, a child must receive the required immunizations outlined on the Summary of Child Care Immunization Requirement Chart no later than the age-deadline specified. This means a child has received all of the doses of each vaccine appropriate for the child's age. Parents/guardians must present their child's immunization record to the child care provider within 14 days of the child's initial attendance.
Post this guide on a wall or desktop as a quick reference to help you determine whether children seeking admission to your childcare facility meet Idaho's school immunization requirements.
To be eligible for conditional attendance, a child must have received at least one dose of each required vaccine and currently be on schedule for subsequent immunizations. Failure to receive still-needed doses of required vaccines as indicated on the Schedule of Intended Immunizations Form will result in exclusion of the child from child care until the child is back on schedule with no required vaccine doses due.
Idaho law allows a parent/guardian to claim an exemption from immunization requirements for their child for medical, religious, or personal reasons. All exemptions must be documented on the official State of Idaho form provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Immunization Program.
A medical exemption requires the signature of a licensed physician and certification that the child has a medical condition that prevents him or her from receiving required vaccinations. The law does not allow parents/guardians to claim an exemption because the shot record is lost or incomplete, or because it is too much trouble to contact the physician or clinic and obtain a copy.
Child care facilities should maintain an up-to-date list of children with exemptions so they can be excluded quickly if an outbreak occurs.
Providers can sign up for the Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS) database to access information about immunizations. Providers are now allowed to use the IRIS print off as their immunization record of children in attendance.
New Resources for Home-based Child Care
The Institute for a Child Care Continuum is pleased to announce the release of the reports from the Supporting Quality in Home-based Child Care project, a two-year effort with its partner, Mathematica Policy Research. Funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the project had three primary goals: to systematically gather information from existing research on home-based child care and on initiatives that aim to support these caregivers; to synthesize the available evidence on home-based care; and propose next steps for designing and evaluating initiatives that aim to improve the quality of care in these settings.
The reports from the project include:
- A Review of the Literature on Home-Based Child Care: Implications for Future Directions, Final, January 2010: A review of more than 135 articles.
- A Compilation of Initiatives to Support Home-Based Child Care, March 2010: Brief summaries of 96 initiatives based on a scan of the field.
- Supporting Quality in Home-Based Child Care: A Compendium of 23 Initiatives, March 2010: Detailed profiles of 23 well-established initiatives.
- Supporting Quality in Home-Based Child Care: Initiative Design and Evaluation Options, March 2010: A report on potential strategies for supporting quality in home-based child care as well as options for design and ongoing evaluation of initiatives for home-based caregivers.
- Supporting Quality in Home-Based Child Care, Final Brief, March 2010: An overview of key project findings.
The reports are available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/supporting_quality/index.html.
KIDS COUNT 2010 Data Book Online: The 21st annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the status of children on a national and state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 measures of well-being.
Documenting the Value of Preschool Education
In the 1960s the High/Scope Foundation began tracking two groups of low-income, mainly African American, young children. One group received high quality early care and learning from a curriculum supervised by the Foundation. Another mirror group of young children from the same neighborhood in Ypsilanti received no such program in their younger years before entering public school. This type of study is scientific because it contrasts the outcomes of individuals randomly assigned to either a treatment group that attended the early childhood program or a no-treatment group that did not attend the program.
The Foundation has now
tracked the lives of both sets of children up until age 40. Most of the
findings fall into three important areas:
receiving quality early learning before entering school had higher achievement
test scores, less need of treatment for mental impairment, a stronger
commitment to education, a higher rate of graduation from high school, and a
lower rate of high school dropout.
Crime. Children receiving high
quality care were less likely to be involved in crime in their youth and
throughout their entire adulthood.
receiving high quality care are averaging thousands of dollars more in annual
earnings than their counterparts who did not receive early care in their
To view the complete results of the High/Scope research through age 40, go to the High/Scope web site at: www.highscope.org
The Evaluation Exchange
Past issues of The Evaluation Exchange, HFRP's evaluation periodical, are available online in Adobe PDF and/or HTML format. You can request print copies of back issues by contacting the HFRP publications office. You can also subscribe to receive future issues free of charge by filling out the online subscription form.
Financing Universal Early Care and Education for America's Children Project. The Human Services Policy Center pairs applied analytic research with the promotion of policies that improve the lives of children, families, and communities, with special attention to the needs of those who are disadvantaged. Core program areas include:
Analyzing Family Support Systems: Many of HSPC's areas of expertise - financial analysis, data profiling, program evaluation, and communication - come together in our efforts to identify and analyze systems that support children and families.
Profiling Child and Family Well-Being: Idaho Kids Count (PDF)
tracks, analyzes, and communicates information about the health and well-being of children and families in Washington.
Additional links to state and local surveys conducted in conjunction with the
above analyses are available at:
Financing Pre-kindergarten Programs
Pre-kindergarten Policy Framework is a new web-based resource from the National
Pre-kindergarten Center (NPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Framework is intended to provide a research-based model for states to use
as they develop, implement or expand prekindergarten programs. The following
sections are included:
- Why do states fund prekindergarten programs and who takes the lead?
- How much do prekindergarten programs cost and how do states fund them?
- How are prekindergarten programs managed?
Delivery Models - Who provides the services?
Served - Are programs available to all children or only some?
Standards - What standards define high-quality programs?
- What policy mechanisms are in place to ensure programs attain and
maintain high quality?
vs. Targeted Debate: Should the United States Have Preschool for All? Steven Barnett, Kirsty Brown and Rima Shore. NIEER.
The debate over universal vs. targeted preschool programs is explored in this
policy brief from the National Institute for Early Education Research. The
brief stresses that while targeted programs traditionally have lower costs,
universal programs are more effective at reaching all targeted children. While
the academic achievement gap is most dramatic between children in poverty and
those with the most resources, school readiness is not just a problem of the
poor. School readiness for the majority of children can improve with better
The Autism Society of America (ASA) recently launched a Spanish-language section on its award-winning web site. The new section features 18 different links to information about autism, a checklist of common characteristics of autism, tips for parents, a variety of treatment options, educational approaches and programs for children and information on Federal programs.
Welcome to the new web site of the California Childcare Health Program. Our multi-disciplinary team is here to support you in achieving healthy
and safe practices in child care settings. We believe in not only
preventing the injuries and the spread of infectious diseases, but in
creating the best possible environments in which children can learn and
National Association for the Education of Young
Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest and most influential organization
of early childhood educators and advocates dedicated to improving the quality
of programs for children from birth through third grade.
Minds: Nurturing Your Child's Development, a new resource produced by Zero to Three,
is now available. Seven two-sided reproducible handouts in a folder can be used
to provide parents with key information on brain and child development at
stages that coincide with well-child checkups.
Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation's
largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. Check out their awesome new
website featuring 10 different literacy programs and Reading Planet,a special
area for kids. Illustrate books,
play games, and practice literacy in Spanish and English.
Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the
early literacy skills of preschool-age children. The initiative provides an
easy-to-administer, research-based screening tool to early childhood educators,
child care providers, and parents in order to help them prepare all children to
learn to read and write. Use literacy checklists to create a literacy-friendly home or classroom.
Born Learning - Literacy for parents and child care providers using every day moments to read, use language, tell stories etc.
Training and Professional Development Sites
IdahoSTARS Idaho’s four-part
professional development system for Idaho’s child care professionals. Check out the Career Pathway and
registry. Incentives and
scholarships are available for qualified child care providers who continue
their training to move through the Career Pathway. Scholarships are available for training, academic degrees
and mentoring. Mini-grants are
available for programs seeking accreditation and for CCR&R offices working
to fill a regional need.
IdahoSTARS Training Calendar Child care providers access training
opportunities on the web. Calendar
of training events, downloads, chat room and question/answer/idea forums are all
available at the site.
IdahoSTARS trainer and training approval (www.idahostars.org)
Stop Bullying Now New campaign from HRSA designed for
parents and professionals.
Experience in School Sets the Stage for Later Progress
earliest experiences in school often set the pattern for later academic
progress, according to a recent research synthesis written by Martha Boethel
and published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Readiness:
School, Family, and Community Connections describes 48 research studies on the
contextual factors associated with children's readiness. In particular, this
synthesis explores children's abilities as they make the transition to
kindergarten, factors associated with these abilities, and implications of
these factors on children's later success. It also discusses the effectiveness
of a variety of early childhood or preschool interventions that include a
family or community focus. Download the document:
Kids On The Move has been
featured as keynote speakers at many conferences, taught classes for parents
and educators across the nation, and teach a 1-hour, hands-on "child's
class" for children. View their updated website andlook over sample
Guide to Diversity Resources for Faculty and Trainers
The latest edition
of Walking the Walk: A Guide to Diversity Resources for Trainers is now available. This
annotated bibliography is a quick source of high quality, readily available and
low cost resources for teaching and training that emphasize diversity. Featured materials include videotapes, books, curricula and other resources
that can be used to assist in growing a more diverse and better prepared workforce
to serve infants, toddlers, children and families who are culturally and
The 2004 edition
includes many items that were not in the previous edition, and provides
ordering information for each item. Download the Walking the Walk guide