(Boise, ID) – Dec. 11, 2014. For the eighth year in a row, data from Child Care Aware® of America's Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report shows child care costs continue to be a heavy burden for America's working families. The 2014 report shows that the cost of child care in the Idaho can be as much as $6,483 annually for an infant or $4,042 annually for a four-year-old in a center, and does not always guarantee a quality environment.
As many of you have probably seen or heard in the news, Idaho had the opportunity a few months ago to apply for a grant through the Department of Education to develop preschool. Governor Otter made the decision not to apply. Today, the President held an Early Learning Summit in Washington, D.C. and announced the states who will be receiving grant dollars.
The National Children's Reading Foundation awarded Idaho AEYC with a grant to build early childhood literacy programs in South Central Idaho. The READY! For Kindergarten and READ Up programs will provide free workshops and resources for 200 low-income families with children up to age five. Read our press release.