Submitted by Idaho AEYC on Fri, 01/13/2023 - 15:15
working mom
Guest Opinion | Beth Oppenheimer

In case you haven’t heard, the state of child care in Idaho is in a precarious state. If you’re a working parent of a young child, there’s a good chance you’ve struggled to find affordable, reliable child care. If you’re a child care provider, it’s likely you struggle to hire and retain the staff to operate at a capacity that keeps your business solvent. We simply don’t have enough child care openings to accommodate every family who needs care. This affects workforce participation – placing financial strain on working parents – and limiting the pool of candidates.

The worst part is that child care access in Idaho is going to get much worse, before it gets better.


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