The child care crisis affects employers and employees now more than ever. Increasingly, employers want to better understand and meet the needs of employees, while employees want a healthy work-life balance. Helping employees access high-quality child care is a win-win strategy.

Starting a child care program or opening a new child care facility is a big endeavor. And it's worth the effort. Use Idaho AEYC's how-to guides and toolkits to expand the availability of child care, promote ways to make child care more affordable, and encourage family-friendly workplace policies to help balance the stress between work and family.

Investing in family-friendly policies and child care can boost employee morale and job satisfaction, reduce turnover, and increase productivity.




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U.S. Chamber Foundation: Employer Roadmap - Childcare Solutions for Working Parents

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Understanding an employer’s options and navigating the childcare landscape can be complex and overwhelming. This roadmap is intended to help senior leaders and business owners learn their options for supporting working parents with their childcare needs. It is also intended to help leaders understand what to expect when embarking on this journey and how to take action.

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Getting Started

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Child Care Options

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HR Child Care Information

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About the Toolkit

About the Toolkit

The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board have partnered on a business toolkit for child care to highlight ways through which employers can:

  • expand the availability of child care,
  • promote ways to make child care more affordable, and
  • promote family-friendly workplace policies to help balance the stress between work and family.

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization operating to ensure that all children thrive wherever they grow and learn. The early years are a time of remarkable brain growth in children and lay the foundation for subsequent learning and development. Up-front investments in quality care and early education translate into direct returns for the state, our communities and society as a whole. Idaho AEYC works to improve the quality of child care and raise awareness about the importance of early education.


The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is the public policy center of The Conference Board. The nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led organization delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions in the nation's interest. CED Trustees are chief executive officers and key executives of leading US companies who bring their unique experience to address today's pressing policy issues. Collectively they represent 30+ industries and over 4 million employees.

For several decades, CED has provided a business voice in support of early learning programs. CED policy studies Why Child Care Matters (1993), Preschool for All (2002), Unfinished Business (2012) and CED commissioned research - including research conducted by Nobel Laureate in Economics James Heckman - made the economic case arguments for early investments in children and identified child care as a central workforce. issue. Recent studies and policy papers include: Pathways to High-Quality Child Care: The Workforce Investment Credit (2017), Child Care in State Economies: 2019 Update, and The Economic Role of Paid Child Care in the U.S. (2022).