Opportunities & Grants

The North Dakota Department of Human Services, in partnership with Child Care Aware® of North Dakota, offers opportunities and grants for those who wish to participate in quality initiatives.  

Why Does Quality Matter in Early Learning?

The experiences that a child has in quality early learning program can have important effects on their social, emotional and academic success. Well-trained, nurturing early and education providers are best equipped to meet a child's needs. By choosing to provide high-quality experiences, you are investing in a child's future. 

Why Should I Care About Quality Coaching?

Coaching is embedded in every Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Quality Initiative. Coaches support early learning programs to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of early educators, improve outcomes for children and raise the level of quality. Child Care Aware® of North Dakota offers competency-based expertise, supports professional growth and promotes change tied to best practices in the field or early care and education. We’re dedicated to supporting ALL educational experiences. Whether you are new or experienced, working with providers in homes or centers, living in a city or rural North Dakota, we want to work with you. 


Quality Initiatives & Opportunities

  • Child Care Aware® of North Dakota offers consultation and resources to those interested in starting a licensed child care business. Our knowledgeable consultants can assist individuals or communities as they work to develop a new program. Get off to a great start by receiving free virtual or in-person support on health and safety, business essentials, setting up your space, and professional development needs.

    Ready to Engage? Request Child Care Start-Up Support ➜
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  • Ever thought it might be nice to have support understanding a child better? It can seem overwhelming when trying to figure out how to best support a child with special needs or challenging behaviors. An Inclusion Specialist offers screening tools, observations, strategies, behavioral plans and assists in connecting you to other partners to support the success of all children in your program. We offer on-going support (2-9 months) to your child care business. 

    Ready to Join? Check out our RESOURCES for a step-by-step tutorial on How to Apply for a Quality Initiative.
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  • Do you want to learn how to better support children's social-emotional health in your child care business?  The Pyramid Model supports social emotional development in infants and young children to help you build skills for supporting nurturing and responsive caregiving, creating learning environments, providing targeted social-emotional skills, and supporting children with challenging behavior.  During this initiative you and your staff will work with a coach for at least one year to implement strategies.   

    Eligibility: Participants must at least a Step 1 Bright & Early ND participant Learn more ➜
    Ready to Join? Check out our RESOURCES ➜ for a step-by-step tutorial on How to Apply for a Quality Initiative.
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  • The North Dakota Department of Human Services, in partnership with Child Care Aware® of North Dakota, offered a grant funding to child care providers who wish to develop or maintain inclusive child care environments.
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  • Child Care Aware® of North Dakota works in partnership with ChildcareAlive! to increase physical activity and healthy eating in early care and education settings.