Parents and Child

Parents & Families

Child care is a choice and investment that can influence your child's health, development and learning skills for a lifetime. Take time to learn about your options and ask plenty of questions. In partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services, we have provided resources below to help you make an informed decision. 

  • Use the free online search tool to locate a program that meets your needs. Have questions? For one-on-one help, contact a Child Care Aware® Parent Services Specialist by phone: (800) 997-8515 or email at

  • Finding the right care for your child requires an investment of time. Use these resources will help you make an informed decision.

  • Child care is often a family's biggest expense. Learn what child care costs are across the state and explore assistance options that may help you pay for care.

  • Child care programs, like many other businesses, must follow certain rules and operate under specialized regulations. Understanding all the ins and outs of child care licensing, early learning and best practices can be confusing.

  • Families need a backup child care plan for those times when regular child care arrangements become unavailable due to illness, weather, vacations or unexpected circumstances.

  • If you wish to report a concern regarding an early childhood program, contact the Licensing Specialist in your county.

  • Families have many important decisions to make when it comes to their children. We hope the following resources will be helpful as you navigate these early years.