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State receives grant to enhance child care

June 4, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - The Bush Foundation has awarded the North Dakota Department of Human Services a $244,346 grant to develop a voluntary professional development system for those who care for and educate children age eight and younger. The grant is part of an ongoing, ten-year commitment to cover planning and implementation.

Administrator Corinne Bennett said, "We are very thankful for the Bush Foundation's ongoing investment in early childhood education and development in North Dakota. Currently about 84 percent of North Dakota's children younger than age six live with working parents. Children reach so many developmental milestones in their first years of life. Enhancing their experiences by committing resources toward the education of child care providers will yield long-term benefits."

Bennett said that the department has contracted with Wheelock College and Lutheran Social Services to help develop the early childhood care and education career development system, which will be created with input from community child care providers, and child advocates and experts from across North Dakota.

Head Start State Collaboration Administrator Linda Rorman said provider training and education is currently fragmented. "We want to provide more opportunities for people who want to further their training and education in this important field." The Bush Foundation is a predominantly regional grantmaking foundation, with major programs in education, human services and health, the arts, and the development of individual leadership and talent. The Bush Foundation was established by Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Granville Bush in 1953.

Contacts:

Corinne Bennett, Administrator of Early Childhood Services, North Dakota Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4809
Heather Steffl, Public Information Specialist, North Dakota Department of Human Services, (701) 328-4933

 

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