Opportunities & Grants

Building Quality

Set Goals • Build Success • Raise Quality

Sound business practices are the foundation to quality.

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, and health and safety. 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:

  • Promoting Development: Infants and Toddlers
  • Promoting Development: Preschoolers
  • Promoting Development: Mixed Ages

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 9th, September 9th & December 9th).

Ready to Join?

Check out Child Care Aware of North Dakota's HELPFUL RESOURCES for a step-by-step tutorial on How to Apply for a Quality Initiative.