National Organization Provides Snapshots of Idaho Child Care Landscape

July 14, 2017 (Boise, ID) – Yesterday, Child Care Aware® of America released their 2017 State Fact Sheet outlining the use, supply, and cost of child care across all 50 states. The report finds Idaho has over 76,000 children, from birth to age 6, who are in need of child care across the state. These children come from households where both parents are in the work force or working single-parent families.

“Access to high-quality, affordable child care plays a significant role in supporting Idaho’s working families,” says Beth Oppenheimer, Executive Director at Idaho AEYC. “In addition, we need to ensure our early childhood programs are providing quality care to help our children.”

The 2017 report shows Idaho lacks quality, affordable child care programs. Only four percent of the state’s child care programs are nationally accredited, which offers high-quality, research-based care. Idaho parents also struggle to afford the cost of early childhood programs with prices often exceeding the cost of public college tuition ($6,818), according to Child Care Aware’s Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016 report.

Average Annual Cost for:
Infant Care: $6,390 - $9,980
Toddler Care: $6,180 - $8,970
Four-Year-Old Care: $5,835 - $8,060

The reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in 2014 represented an enormous step forward in establishing access to quality, affordable child care for all children and families. In the last 6 months, the nation has faced the possibility of drastic cuts to early care programs, education, and social services, highlighting the importance of having data that helps make the case for accessible, quality, affordable child care. Child Care Aware® of America’s 2017 State Fact Sheets provide important data to better understand America’s working families and the circumstances they face.

“We have a lot of work to do to support our working families. The simple fact is, if parents can’t afford or find quality child care, both our economy and the development of our young children suffer,” said Oppenheimer.

The nonprofit Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is dedicated to advancing Idaho's early learning profession and advocating for children and families. The organization was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at idahoaeyc.org

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