Since 1989, Child Care Aware® of North Dakota has been:
• Helping families search for child care.
• Building the knowledge and skills
of early childhood professionals.
• Helping communities assess and respond
to their child care needs.
Child Care Aware® services are delivered by two agencies, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc., in eastern North Dakota and Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota. Child Care Aware® of North Dakota maintains offices in Bismarck, Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Minot.
Child Care Aware® receives funding from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, foundations and local civic groups.
Child Care Aware® helps 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
Child Care Aware® builds 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
Assistance in marketing their program and keeping a full enrollment.
Resource materials and a leading library of book and videos, available by contacting a Child Care Aware® office location, that provide information about teaching and working with children and famiilies.
Technical assistance on starting a child care, improving their programs and resolving child care challenges.
Child Care Aware® partners with communities to build child care
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.
- Child care recruitment and retention strategies
- Consultation on employer child care benefits