ND Early Childhood Services
Rule Updates 2017-2019

Effective January 1, 2018:
Annual training requirements (CCDBG 2014 and Senate Bill 2090):
All staff members must be certified in:

  • Infant and Pediatric CPR
  • Infant and Pediatric First Aid


  • The use of an Automated External Defibrillator

Renewal of license (Senate Bill 2090):

  • Completed applications for renewal must be submitted to your licensor no more than 90 days and no less than 60 days prior to the license expiration date.
  • Upon receipt of ALL COMPLETED materials, they will be forwarded to the state office.
  • The department will then grant a license within 30 days of receiving a complete application and all of its supporting documents.

Late renewal application (Senate Bill 2090):

  • When an application for renewal of license is late (less than 30 days before expiration date) the provider will submit with their completed application a fee 2 times the original fee.
  • The provider must post a notice* on their original license that their application is late.

Notification of parents (Senate Bill 2060):

  • The department shall notify families receiving care in a home or facility where a child abuse or neglect complaint has been made.

Child Restraint Systems (House Bill 1323):

  • Children age 8 years of age and under, OR under 57”, must be in a booster seat or car seat. (http://www.ndhealth.gov/injuryprevention/childpassenger/)

Effective Fall 2017:
August 1, 2017
Changes in criminal history record checks
(CCDBG 2014 and Senate Bill 2090):

  • All household members, 18 and older
  • All staff members - any individual who is an employee of an early childhood program …or whose activities involve the care, supervision, guidance, or, would have unsupervised access to children – must have a fingerprint background check. This means, but is not limited to: meal service, bus drivers, and office staff.
  • Everyone must have a fingerprint background check every 5 years.

October 1, 2017
Working with families experiencing homelessness
(CCDBG 2014):

  • A provider must allow a grace period for families to show immunization records at the time of enrollment.

If you have any questions about the implementation of the rules listed here, please contact your county licenser.
You can find their contact information at http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv/