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Access to child care is an important component of a community's infrastructure:

  • Helps to build a stable work force
  • Helps to attract and retain business to your community
  • Improves employee productivity and reduces absenteeism
  • Increases a children’s school readiness, which in turn enhances classroom learning for all children.
  • Helps children build life skills that will help them become healthier, more productive adults, employees, business leaders and citizens

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We Can Help Your Community Assess Child Care Needs

Child Care Aware® works with community leaders, employers, law enforcement, teachers, economic developers and others to assess a community's child care needs, raise awareness and develop solutions that serve the physical, emotional and educational needs of young children and their families. Child Care Aware® data and resources include:

  • Child Care Aware® maintains North Dakota's only comprehensive statewide database of child care options. Families can search online 24/7 to find current openings of licensed providers that fit their criteria.

  • Learn more about the state of child care in your county or across North Dakota.
    • The number of licensed providers along with information about license type, care capacity and the size of the provider’s workforce
    • The supply and demand of child care
    • The average annual cost of child care
    • The number and type of providers in a community
    • The capacity of licensed providers in the database

  • Child Care Research Data
  • Child Care Aware® of North Dakota and our national association, Child Care Aware® of America ➜, can provide research data regarding the impact of child care on health, early learning, and economic development including:
    • How quality child care influences brain development
    • The return on investment in child care
    • Developmentally appropriate practices
    • Health and safety issues

  • Needs Assessment & Planning
  • Child Care Aware® partners with communities to determine needs and develop an action plan including:
    • Community child care needs assessment
    • Business plan preparation
    • Facility review and recommendations
    • Community forum facilitation
    • Start up support

  • Child Care Advocacy
  • Child Care Aware® can help you, your legislators and your community understand child care issues including:
    • Laying out concerns, testifying on pending legislation and providing backup data to support your case.
    • Identify parents and providers who can speak in support of your efforts