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 ➜.