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Statewide Early Care and Education Study

Are you a parent of a child age birth through five or an early care and education professional? Consider joining Child Trends' study!

As a part of North Dakota’s Preschool Development Grant, Child Trends, an independent research organization, is conducting a statewide study of early care and education programs and how quality is rated. The study will provide valuable information about enhancing the early care and education program infrastructure to enable the delivery of high-quality services and experiences to children and families. To do this, Child Trends will be launching two activities in the coming weeks:

  1. Focus Groups – They will hold virtual and in-person focus groups across the state. Separate focus groups will be held for early care and education professionals (e.g., directors, providers, teachers, administrators) and parents of young children (not yet in kindergarten).
  2. Surveys – Child Trends will administer surveys to eligible providers and parents. 

We hope you will agree to participate. Your voices and perspectives are important for us to understand how best North Dakota can support children’s development and prepare them for school.

The Child Trends’ Institutional Review Board requires the researchers to maintain the confidentiality of all participants. The results of the study will be reported to us at an overall level only. We will not know who is participating in the study, and the researchers will not share information with us about any specific individual. It is also important for you to know that your participation (or decision not to participate) in this study will not affect your position or child care services.

We are excited about the potential for this study because the results will help us make informed decisions about future investments related to quality early care and education for young children in our state.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Principal Investigator at Child Trends, Van-Kim Lin (vlin@childtrends.org).

For all of the details, including location and registration information, please see the flyer below:

ND Early Care and Education Study Details (PDF, 89 KB)