A steady presence caring for kids

When most of the daycares in Moscow, Idaho closed because of COVID-19, Happy Horizons Childcare knew it needed to stay open. The daycare is the only non-profit center of its kind in Moscow and only three in the entire state. Connie Kimmell, Horizons board member, says the center is often the only safe place for kids with working parents, often trying to break the cycle of poverty.

“We definitely had a greater need suddenly. We serve families who are down and out and families that are doing just fine,” said Connie Kimmell.

The center accepts anyone who needs care, regardless of their ability to pay. With a recent grant, Horizons had the ability to provide scholarships to families who need care but can’t pay and don’t qualify for state assistance.

“We’re very thankful to Avista for supporting our efforts to help secure families with high-quality daycare that they would otherwise be unable to receive otherwise,” said Connie.

During the crisis, the center has taken care of seven to 15 kids each day, depending on the day, with most of their parents considered essential workers.

“There’s a need for our center, more than ever. We feel good that we can help. It’s a blessing to me when families realize they have hope,” said Connie.

Avista Foundation has given more than $865,000 to community organizations and initiatives related to the COVID-19 crisis and Happy Horizons Childcare is one of them.


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