Opportunities & Grants

Building Quality

Set Goals • Build Success • Raise Quality

Not sure what to do next in your child care business or if you are ready to step up in Bright and Early ND?

Child Care Aware coaches are ready and eager to help you strengthen your business practices and readiness to step up in Bright & Early ND. A coach will be by your side to help you reflect on your business practices, professional development plans, health and safety and the environment. You’ll be supported as you implement strategies for each of your goals. Participating in a nine-month cohort, will help you build skills and readiness to achieve success, plus learn more about the next steps to showcase your program’s quality.

Access to a Personal Coach

An Early Childhood coach will be by your side to help you:

  • Assess your current practices
  • Set and achieve individualized goals
  • Learn more about showcasing your program’s qualitys

Engage in Professional Development

Your coach will guide you in choosing professional development activities to achieve goals. You will be eligible to apply for scholarships for select Child Care Aware® of North Dakota courses.  We recommend:

  • Family Child Care Business (for licensed family providers)

Enhance Your Program

You are eligible to apply for grant dollars to help your program purchase resources and materials to meet program goals.


Applicants must currently be Bright & Early Step 1 Quality Rated Programs. Building Quality follows a cohort timeline with starting dates of January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1..

How to Apply

Programs can apply to participate in Child Care Aware Building Quality at any time, however, applications will only be reviewed four times per year (March 15th, June 15th, September 15th & December 15th).