Idaho has approved 155 applications for the Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant since May 1, totaling more than $1.5 million in assistance to operating childcare businesses.
“These investments are vital to Idaho’s infrastructure as we reopen businesses and families head into summer activities,” said Ericka Rupp, Child Care Program manager in the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW). “Access to safe, quality childcare and after-school programs for families is a critical component of a successful statewide recovery.”
“We want to thank Idaho’s childcare providers for caring for Idaho’s children and for taking the necessary steps to keep your facilities and homes safe,” she added.
Gov. Brad Little announced the availability of the Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant on May 1. The grants provide daycare and childcare businesses with the financial resources to reopen and continue operating during the COVID- 19 pandemic.
“I just wanted to write back and let you know how much this helps us right now,” one childcare provider wrote to DHW after receiving her grant award letter. “We were really struggling, especially through the six weeks that we just had essential workers’ children. This is way more support than we ever could imagine, and it will be a huge blessing. Thank you so much!”
Applications will be accepted through June 30. Interested childcare business owners can apply by downloading and completing the Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant application available at https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Children/ChildCareAssistance/tabid/292/Default.aspx.