News

  1. Child Care Licensing System Update

    The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Early Childhood Section has launched the online Child Care Licensing (CCL) System.

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  2. Step 1 Quality Rating Automation

    The Bright & Early ND Team is pleased to announce Step 1 Quality Rating automation. The Step 1 automation process will allow quicker processing times and easier access for programs pursuing continuous quality improvement.

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  3. Workforce Incentives and Stipends

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services is offering stipends to help retain and reward early childhood professionals for their work caring for children, along with incentives to reward individuals for completing approved training and education milestones.

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  4. Child Care Licensing System

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services, Early Childhood Division is pleased to announce the online Child Care Licensing System (CCL). CCL has been in development since 2020 and is anticipated to go live later this year.

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  5. Early Learning Literacy Conference

    The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Office of Academic Support invites you to join the Literacy Conference 2022. The conference will take place July 11-13, 2022, at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, ND.

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  6. Connect & Grow ND Webinar Series For Early Childhood Professionals

    Connect & Grow ND provides virtual opportunities for the early childhood community to interact, learn, and share resources. Each month features a new topic.

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  7. Child Care Assistance Program Increases Income Level

    The Child Care Assistance Program increases qualifying income level to 85% N.D. median income which means more working families in N.D. can now qualify for help with child care costs.

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  8. Early Childhood COVID-19 Stabilization & Recovery Grants

    The grant opportunities available to the state’s early childhood community will help address operating and facility costs, and will support greater access and quality.

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  9. ND DHS Early Childhood Division

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a new Early Childhood Division.

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  10. Child Care Development Fund

    The North Dakota Department of Human Service is holding a public comment meeting to gather comments on its draft 2022-2024 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan.

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  11. New Early Childhood Opportunities

    The State of North Dakota is funding a new early childhood grant program and a Family Engagement opportunity through the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

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  12. FCCERS-3 Reliability Achievement

    Congratulations to the Bright & Early ND Assessors for achieving reliability in the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale, Third Edition (FCCERS-3) through ERSI, Inc.

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  13. Birth to Kindergarten Early Learning Standards

    North Dakota early childhood care and education collaborate to create new Early Learning Standards.

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