Find child care in North Dakota

Parent Services

Tips for Choosing Child Care

Child care is a choice and an investment that can influence your child's health, development and learning skills for a lifetime.

Take time to compare your options and ask plenty of questions. Use the resources below to help you make an informed child care decision. Contact a Child Care Aware Parent Services Specialist if you have questions or need more information.


Finding and Using Child Care in North Dakota
Topics covered in this informative guide for families include:

  • Understanding Licensed Care
  • Paying for Child Care
  • Types of Child Care Settings
  • Preparing Your Child For Child Care
  • Keeping Your Child Healthy
  • Establishing a Good Relationship With Your Child Care Provider
  • Handling Concerns and Complaints

Child Care Checklist
Includes a checklist of questions to ask on the telephone and during an onsite interview as you assess strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Space and Environment
  • Activities and Materials
  • Interactions
  • Child Care Provider's Training and Experience
  • Security
  • Program Management

Bright & Early North Dakota

Look for the Bright & Early Rating When
Shopping for Child Care

Bright & Early is a research-based, 4-star quality rating system that helps families identify child care programs that go above and beyond to prepare children for school and life. 

Learn more about Bright & Early and view a map of star-rated provider partners.