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Child Care Services in Idaho 7/01/2014

Are you looking for a child care provider in your area? Would you like to be a child care provider? Or maybe you need help paying for your child care expenses? The 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine is the point of contact for all these child care questions and more for the entire state of Idaho!

By dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588 to access the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine, you can be connected to child care experts to receive listings for child care providers, to sign up to become a child care provider, or to get more information about the benefits available to low income families to help pay for child care costs. There are over 3 dozen different offices throughout the state of Idaho with over 100 people who are dedicated to child care services. By dialing 2-1-1 as the point of contact for child care, you can be assured of reaching the correct person for your particular child care need.

For Parents Needing Financial Assistance with Child Care Expenses (ICCP)

  • ICCP (Idaho Child Care Program) is the proper name for the child care expense assistance program administered by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
  • ICCP is for low-income, working families.
  • ICCP is based on family income and subsidizes child care payments on a sliding fee scale.
  • An application to sign up for financial assistance for child care costs is printable online at, it can be mailed to you by  dialing 2-1-1, or it can be picked up at any Idaho Health and Welfare office.
  • Dial 2-1-1 for contact information for your ICCP case worker through Idaho Health and Welfare.

For Parents Needing Child Care Referrals

Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a Child Care Referral Specialist for your area or you can get child care referrals online at

For Child Care Providers

Idaho STARS (Idaho State Training And Registry System) is the proper name of the private organization dedicated to certifying people as ICCP child care providers and helping providers maintain their certification. By calling 2-1-1, you can be connected to an Idaho STARS Training Specialist to sign up for ICCP certification orientation or you can get the contact for the child care licensing office for your area.

An ICCP certified child care provider and a licensed child care provider are not the same thing. ICCP certification prepares a child care provider to work with families who are receiving ICCP benefits from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.