The Bright & Early ND Quality Rating and Improvement System helps North Dakota families assess how a child care program supports their child’s early learning and development. We take the guesswork out of identifying high-quality child care and early education programs that give children what they need to succeed.

Bright & Early ND Brochure (PDF, 8.6 MB)

Why Quality Matters

Science tells us that a child’s most important development years are between birth and five years old. It is during this time that 90% of their brain develops. Bright & Early ND translates the scientific research about what young brains need during this stage of life into a four-star rating system.

Studies show that children who receive high-quality early care and education between birth to age five enter school with better math, language, and social skills.

What Does This Mean for Families?

Choosing an early care and education program is an important decision. You deserve to know your child is in a quality care environment that supports play and learning, promotes development, and fosters relationships among caregivers and peers. Bright & Early ND Quality Ratings will help you make better informed decisions about your child care and early education options. By choosing a Bright & Early ND Quality Rated program, you can be confident that your program has your child’s best interest in mind.

Steps to Quality

Each of the Bright & Early ND Steps to Quality focuses on a specific component of care and builds upon the others to deliver a higher level of care.