Child Care Aware®, formerly Child Care Resource & Referral, began serving North Dakota in 1989.
Services are delivered by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota from offices in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Minot. Child Care Aware® of North Dakota receives funding from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, foundations and local civic groups.
Help families search for child care
Child Care Aware® maintains North Dakota’s only comprehensive statewide database of child care options, including family and group care providers, child care centers and school age programs. Services to families include:
Resources to help families gain an understanding of early childhood care and evaluate care options
A web-based searchable database of licensed child care programs where families can create a customized list of programs that match their needs.
Links to financial assistance to help families pay for child care
Build the knowledge and skillls of child care providers
Courses offered through Child Care Aware® of North Dakota help child care providers and center staff fulfill basic training requirements for licensing and advance their professionalism by earning their Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or other advanced credentials.
Training opportunities including on-line training options, conferences and courses for caregivers, teachers and administrators
Curriculum planning & activities Child Care Aware® early childhood consultants help child care providers develop curriculum and activities that capture children's in terest and foster learning.
Technical assistance for starting and enhancing child care programs
Partner with communities to address child care needs
The quality and availability of child care impacts economic development and the state’s education system. Child Care Aware® partners with communities to implement strategies that address child care challenges and build capacity.
State and country data about the child care industry including supply and demand, the cost of child care and information about the child care workforce.