Lauren McLean
Mayor | Boise, ID

ARP: Boise ID, Provides Direct Assistance to Child Care Workers

Idea Category: Child Care | Funding Source: American Rescue Plan

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean approved sending nearly $2 million of the city’s ARP funds directly to childcare workers in the form of $1,500 childcare incentive checks. Providers used the money to cover everything from supplies and operations expenses to medical bills and groceries. This positively impacted 1,220 individuals who were working in Boise facilities during the pandemic, representing well over 90% of all eligible providers in the city. Additionally, the Mayor’s Office is working to reduce childcare facility and licensing times and costs. To better serve in-home providers and the families who depend on them, the city is making several process improvements that will reduce licensing time by 60 days and save providers $230 in fees.

Impact Testimony: “There was such uncertainty during the worst of COVID.  Should or would my little school remain open?  What protocols and equipment would be best to use in order to make it as safe an environment as is possible?  How would I budget for these things when it was unclear whether there would even be tuition?  There were so many variables that I considered and struggled with, it has all become such a blur.  This check for $1500 was a tremendous boost.  I know that in hindsight it has helped tremendously to cover many of the expenses that I do not normally have.  I am grateful for it and send huge thanks.“

More Idea’s From Lauren McLean

ARP: Boise Announced the Opening of the Boise Small Business Grant Program

Idea Category: Equity & Opportunity, Jobs and Entrepreneurship | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Boise ID, Assists Renter Households

Idea Category: Housing | Funding Source: ARP

ARP: Boise ID, Looks to Reduce Obstacles for Child Care Workers

Idea Category: COVID, Safety Net | Funding Source: ARP

Boise’s Geothermal LIV District

Idea Category: Climate Change | Funding Source: ARP