looking for Quality Child Care?


Why Quality Matters

Investing in a child's success early on is critical – 90% of brain development occurs before children turn five years old.  A child’s experiences during their early years shape their future growth and development. 

Quality care involves a safe place for children to play and explore. Safety is not only in the physical surrounding - it's emotional as well. It's important for your child to find toys and areas that are safe for his or her state of development; it's equally important that he or she feels welcomed, loved and comfortable with those who care for him or her. A good caregiver is loving and responsive, respects the child's individuality and offers quality surrounding for play and exploration.

Experts know that investing in a child's success early on is critical. Research shows the tangible results - adult with greater success in life, less involvement in crime, higher incomes and higher education levels.


The Cost of Child Care

Child care cost can vary widely depending on the location, the hours needed, the age and individual needs of the child and many other factors. Please contact the child care programs you are interested in to gather more information regarding cost.

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What is NAEYC Accreditation?

NAEYC Accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education and child care. Accreditation is a powerful tool through which early childhood professionals, families, and interested citizens can evaluate the quality of programs, make comparisons based on professional standards, and commit to strengthening programs through ongoing evaluations and improvements. 


Steps to Quality

Steps To Quality is Idaho's child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which measures the quality of care in center and home-based child care settings. Steps To Quality also provides child care programs with a set of tools to cultivate a high-quality setting.


Financial Assistance

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides child care assistance to low-income, working families by paying for a portion of child care. For more information, please visit: