City Of Boise Extends No Fee Childcare Applications For New Workers

November 30, 2023

To reduce barriers for future childcare workers, the City of Boise is extending fee-free applications for new childcare workers as well as the opportunity to receive free First Aid and CPR training.

“We are excited to learn that the cost of obtaining a childcare license, along with CPR and First Aid fees will continue to be covered by the City of Boise for new applicants,” said Lori Fascilla, Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers Executive Director. “Not all professions require a license to begin working, which can be discouraging for teachers entering the childcare and preschool field. We have noticed a marked improvement in teachers following through on licensing due to the fact it does not cost them money before they receive their first paycheck.”

New childcare workers will not be charged a license application fee. Additionally, once the application is completed, workers who have not obtained their CPR and First Aid certifications will be provided with a code to attend a no-fee course that meets code requirements through a third-party provider. This program only applies to new childcare workers, not those renewing a license.

“We know having childcare capacity is critical to the success of working parents who are most impacted by the growing need for childcare in Boise,” said Kate Nelson, City of Boise Director of Community Partnerships. “Childcare providers are vital to our economy and investing in those who provide quality, affordable childcare is investing in our people.”

This program will continue through 2024, or until funds are depleted. For more information, visit the Childcare Worker Licensing page.

Childcare worker sitting with two children

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