Public Health - Idaho North Central District provides the following services for child care facilities:
- Conduct inspections including reviewing and promoting proper immunizations per Idaho immunization regulations.
- Provide recommendations to licensing agencies for licensing purposes.
- Provide information, education, and training to child care providers on proper sanitation, food handling, diaper changing, and disease prevention.
- Respond to complaints. Child care-related concerns/complaints are to be submitted to the 2-1-1 Idaho Careline for correct agency referral and follow-up.
State licenses for child care facilities are issued through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Family and Children’s Services. Cities and counties have been granted authority by state code to adopt ordinances for regulations and licensing of child care services. They may have licensing requirements that are stricter than the state licensing law. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has adopted rules for administration of the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP). This program helps low-income families pay for child care. Assistance is available to families who meet certain income guidelines and need child care to work or attend a job training or education program. More detailed information on becoming a licensed child care provider, approved ICCP child care provider, or becoming eligible for ICCP is available on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Child Care Program website, or on the Idaho Careline 211 website. Additional Weblinks are provided on the right hand side of this page.