Early Childhood Services In North Dakota
The Early Childhood Service program of the North Dakota Department of Human Services establishes standards and provides training to providers of early care and education for children. This site contains information for both parents and child care providers.
Disaster Preparedness Information
Information on Early Learning Guidelines
- Early Learning Guidelines for Ages Birth to Three (April 2010) (408kb pdf)
- These voluntary guidelines are intended for parents, child care providers, Early Head Start teachers, health professionals, and others who work with infants or toddlers. The Guidelines will be useful in understanding typical infant-toddler development and learning in three age categories:
- Young infants birth to 8 months
- Older Infants to 18 months
- Toddlers 18 to 36 months
- Development varies for each child
- Early Learning Guidelines for Ages 3-5 Years (April 2010) (701kb pdf)
- These voluntary guidelines are intended as a resource for parents, child care providers, pre-kindergarten
and Head Start teachers, and others. They outline the skills, knowledge, and dispositions young children need prior to
entering first grade.
- Development differs for every child.
- Each indicator/guideline needs to be understood as a developmental continuum.
- It is expected that adults will create natural/play situations in which three-year-olds who are ready can demonstrate emergence of the skill, knowledge, or disposition of
indicators, and six-year-olds that are ready can demonstrate competence in the skill, knowledge, or disposition of
- Slides: An Overview of North Dakota Early Learning Guidelines for Ages Three through Five (83kb pdf)
Information For Parents
Information For Prospective And Current Child Care Providers
- NEW Inclusion Support Services Information and Grant Guidelines - There is now expanded support, including grants and technical assistance, available for child care providers who care for children with special needs.
For information on creating or maintaining an inclusive child care environment, contact an Inclusion or Health Consultant at Child Care Aware (701) 223-1510 or (888) 223-1510.
- NEW Proposed changes to the following sections of Early Childhood Services rules:
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-07, In-home child care
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-07.1, Self-declaration providers
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-08, Family child care
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-09, Group child care
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-10, Child care center
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-11, Preschool
N.D. Administrative Code Chapter 75-03-11.1, School-age child care program
- Child Care Orientation Video
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact County Social Services: handle applications and licensing
- Core Competencies for Early Education and Care Practitioners (3.11MB pdf) Defines what adults who work with children need to know, understand, and be able to do to support children in reaching desired outcomes.
- Licensing Information and Regulations
- Quality Initiatives
- Staff Directory
- Starting, Remodeling, and/or Building a Child Care Center
Children and Family Services Division
North Dakota Department of Human Services
Early Childhood Services Administrator
600 East Boulevard Avenue Department 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2316
Toll Free: (800) 245-3736
Fax: (701) 328-3538
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