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|Child Care Expansion Grants||Expansion||Physical Space and Facilities||
In 2022, the Idaho Legislature approved $15 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for grants to create more seats in high-quality child care facilities and offset start-up costs for child care businesses and providers that want to expand. An additional $15M is requested in the FY24 budget for the WDC to continue funding the expansion of child care. The Workforce Development Council (WDC) administers the grants to the organizations administering child care. The program permits grant recipients to use the funds for needs such as facility updates, staffing, and/or renovation of buildings; any project that exceeds $1 million in capital expenditures requires additional written justification under the ARPA program. The return on investment is measured by the total number of child care seats available two years after the contract’s end date.Learn More: Idaho's Child Care Expansion Grants
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1,939,033 Source U.S. Census, 2022
30.8% Source U.S. Census, 2020
69.2% Source U.S. Census, 2020
Number of children age 0-4
114,324 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Poverty levels – children 0-8 below 200% poverty
41% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Median family income among households with children
$80,600.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
2.9% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022
Unemployment rate of parents
3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force
56% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children living in households with a high housing cost burden
22% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Child population by race and ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Race and Ethnicity
- American Indian and Alaska Native (1%)
- Asian (1%)
- Black or African American (1%)
- Hispanic or Latino (19%)
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (0.49%)
- Two or More Races (4%)
- White, not Hispanic or Latino (74%)
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Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 3-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (0%)
- 3-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (5%)
- Other/none (95%)
Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 4-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (0%)
- 4-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (7%)
- Other/none (93%)
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2017 – 2019 Wages (hourly) Source CSCCE 2018, 2020
- Child care workers
- Preschool teachers
- Preschool or child care center directors
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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022
- Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($46.9)
- CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($45.4)
- CCDBG State Match ($3.1)
- CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($303.5)
- MIECHV ($3.0)
- IDEA Part C ($3.8)
- IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($3.4)
- TANF Early Learning and Care Expenditures ($12.5)
- Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five ($7.8)
The COVID Funding Cliff
All federal COVID relief allocations, including funding authorized by the CARES, CRRSE, and ARPA bills, must be fully spent by September 2024. An analysis from the Century Foundation shows this loss of funds could cause more than 3 million children to lose access to child care nationwide – including nearly 16,000 children in Idaho.