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WICAP Early Head Start program opens its day care doors

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 20:29:51-04

WILDER, Idaho — The Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) Early Head Start Program opened their doors to little ones in Wilder this week.

The program provides full day services to families in need of day care for their infants and toddlers three and younger.

WICAP Early Head Start was the only program in the state and region to be awarded an expansion grant in March, and has used that money to hire staff and build facilities and playgrounds.

According to Mary Gauthier, program director for Early Head Start, Wilder was just the right fit for the new program.

"Wilder is one of the communities we chose because they do have a high number of low kindergarten entrance scores here," Gauthier said. "Wilder has a lot of families who are impoverished, or are very deprived and they need a lot of support and services."

The program is providing child care services for 52 infants and toddlers in Wilder, along with Marsing, Caldwell, Nampa, Payette and Donnelly.