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What is a Self-Declaration Document?

The self-declaration document may be issued to an individual who wishes to care for 5 of fewer children, under the age of 12. No more than 3 of those children may be under the age of 24 months. A provider must also count thier own children who are under the age of 12. See North Dakota Self-Declaration Rules for more information.

Self-declaration documentation and licensing are similar, but a self-declaration document is not a child care license.

Take some time to compare the requirements and benefits of self-declared documentation and licensing. You will see that licensed providers must meet a few more requirements, but they also gain some valuable benefits.

REQUIREMENTS Self-Declared Licensed

Basic Child Care Training? Yes Yes

Home Inspection? 1/year 2/year

Annual training hours (min. required) 3 hours 9-10 hours


Participation in Child and Adult Care food Program. Care for children whose families qualify for Child Care Assistance subsidies Yes Yes

Free listing on the Child Care Aware Referral Service. This database provides families with 24/7 access to search for regulated child care openings in North Dakota. Basic Listing Extended Listing

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