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North Dakota Best in Class Grant Program

Grant Announcement & Program Description

Best in Class Grant Program: The North Dakota Department of Human Services is announcing the Best in Class grant, which is a competitive grant award established by the 2021 67th Legislative Assembly and codified in NDCC 50-11.1 to serve North Dakota children and families the year before they enter kindergarten.

The Best in Class program builds on program characteristics that drive results - high quality, supported interactions between adults and children based on developmentally appropriate experiences.

Twenty-plus years of research from programs across the country clearly indicates that the positive gains that come from having access to quality early childhood experiences can have a long-lasting effect.

North Dakota's Best in Class program represents a targeted state investment in programs that have committed to delivering the highest quality experiences to the children and families they serve, and whose actions can demonstrate the return on investment that is possible with intentional, research-supported investments in early childhood. The work done in these programs will be monitored, evaluated, and supported to help ensure that the investment we make has an impact.

APPLICATION PROCESS

During the summer of 2021, DHS will be preparing for the inaugural cohort of the Best in Class program. All information about the program will be posted online.

  • June 28, 2021 - Best in Class Grant Application (SFN 582) is available here (Word doc).
  • June 30, 2021 - Q & A Call #1 at 2 p.m. Central Time for interested applicants. Recording of the call (Total running time is one hour). Note: This call is optional; applicants are NOT required to attend.
  • July 9, 2021 - Q & A Call #2 at 11:30 a.m. for interested applicants. Recording of the call (Total running time is 56 minutes) Note: This call is optional; applicants are NOT required to attend.
  • July 18, 2021 - Applications DUE to DHS (Submit via email to trfuhrer@nd.gov.)
  • August 2, 2021 - Announcement of programs selected to participate in the 2021-2022 BIC pilot cohort. DHS will utilize a grant application review team to review applications and make award determinations to applicants who demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approach and goals that underlie the North Dakota Best in Class program, and who demonstrate a commitment and willingness to participating fully in the provider cohort.
  • August 6, 2021 - First meeting of program representatives from the 2021-2022 Best in Class cohort.

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