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Beth Oppenheimer

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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.

Beth Oppenheimer is the Executive Director for the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, a non-profit that works to advance quality early childhood education in Idaho.

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