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State and Territory Profile

STATE/TERRITORY PROFILE - NORTH DAKOTA

This profile highlights a current innovative effort to promote a subsidy system that is child-focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. It also provides demographic information, Early Care and Education (ECE) program participation and funding, subsidy innovation and program integrity information, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives. Sources and links are provided at the end of the document

Demographics

Total Population 12 and Under
Total Population 12 and Under. Under 3-Years Old: Total 26985, Percentage 25; 3 and 4-Years Old: Total 17610 Percentage 16; 5 through 12-Years Old: Total 63739 Percentage 59
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). In American Community Survey, 2010. QT-P2 Single Years of Age and Sex. Retrieved from American FactFinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_SF1_QTP2&prodType=table
Children Living in Working Families
Children Living in Working Families: Children under 6-Years-Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.211959278925829 and with two working parents 0.549379375655291; Children Ages 6 to 17-Years Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.263084438241452 and with two working parents 0.574392111726375
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). In American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 2019. B17024: Age By Ratio Of Income To Poverty Level In The Past 12 Months - Universe: Population for whom poverty status is determined. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=B17024&g=0100000US.04000.001&hidePreview=true&table=B17024&tid=ACSDT1Y2019.B17024&lastDisplayedRow=17&vintage=2019&mode=&y=2019
Poverty Statistics
Poverty Statistics: 0.283267567794476 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.104726723197045 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty; 0.251881638183487 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.101280650378076 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty
  Below 100% of Poverty Below 185% of Poverty
Under 6-Years Old 10.47% 28.33%
6 to 17-Years Old 10.13% 25.19%
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). In American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 2019. C23008 Age of own Children under 18 Years in Families and Subfamilies by Living Arrangements by Employment Status of Parents: Universe: Own children under 18 years in families and subfamilies.
https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=C23008&g=&hidePreview=false&table=C23008&tid=ACSDT1Y2019.C23008&lastDisplayedRow=17&vintage=2019

ECE Program Participation and Funding

Percentage and Number of Children/Families Served
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage
of Children in Care By Age Group
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage<br>of Children in Care By Age Group. Under 3-Years Old: 35%; 3 and 4-Years Old: 32%; 5 through 12-Years Old: 33%
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Average Monthly number of Children and Families Served: Children 2700 and Families 1700
Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates]. Table 9 Average Monthly Percentages of Children In Care By Age Group https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-9
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates].Table 1 Average Monthly Adjusted Number of Families and Children Served.
    https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-1
  • Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care
    Licensed Providers
    Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Licensed or Regulated Providers: Center 49%, Group Home 32%, Family Home 7%, Child's Home 7%
    Non-Licensed Providers
    Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Legally Operating Without Regulations: Center 0%, Group Home 0%, Family Home 12%, Child's Home 12%
    Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates]. Table 6 Average Monthly
    https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-6
    Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
    • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
    $17,334,989
    • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
    $11,998,591
    • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
    $5,336,398
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2020). CCDF Expenditures for FY 2018 (all appropriation years). Table 4a: All expenditures by State- Categorical Summary. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/fy-2018-ccdf-table-4a

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2020). CCDF Expenditures for FY 2018 (all appropriation years). Table 3a - All Expenditures by State – Detailed Summary. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/fy-2018-ccdf-table-3a
    CCDF Quality Expenditures
    • Total Quality Expenditure:
    $1,771,463
    • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
    $2,100,945
    • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
    $-329,482
    • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
    Not available
    • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
    Not available
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
    • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
    Not available
    Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: Not available
    Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: Not available
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. (2020). Fiscal Year 2019 TANF Financial Data. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/resource/tanf-financial-data-fy-2019
    ChildCare Tax Credits
    • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
    $232,718
    • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
    88,270
    • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
    No
    • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
    No
    Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
    • CACFP Funding:
    $8,369,923
    • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
    777
    • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
    191
    Source(s): Food Research and Action Center. (2020). State of the States: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in FY 2019. http://www.frac.org/maps/sos/tables/sos_tab_cacfp.html
    Head Start
    • Head Start Federal Allocation:
    $25,395,617
    • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
    Not available
    • Number of Children Participating:
    2,302
    Source(s): National Institute for Early Education Research. (2020). The 2019 state of preschool yearbook. http://nieer.org/state-preschool-yearbooks/2019-2
    IDEA Part B, Section 619
    • IDEA Part B Funding:
    $858,335
    • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
    2,492
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Education. (2021). Fiscal Years 2019-2021 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html
    IDEA Part C
    • IDEA Part C Funding:
    $2,333,044
    • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
    1,567
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Education. (2021). Fiscal Years 2019-2021 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html
    Pre-kindergarten
    • Pre-kindergarten Total Expenditure:
    $650,659
    • Enrollment (4-year-olds and under):
    1,235
    Note: Total Expenditure includes all State/Territory, Local, and Federal dollars. In addition to 3 and 4-year-olds, some Pre-kindergarten programs enroll children of other ages.
    Source(s): National Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). The 2020 state of preschool yearbook. https://nieer.org/state-preschool-yearbooks/yearbook2020

    CCDF Subsidy Program Administration

    Family Percentile Recent MRS
    Income Eligibility at Determination
    (a) (b) (c) (d)
    Family Size100 % of SMI ($/Month) 85% of SMI($/Month)
    [Multiply(a) by 0.85]
    (IF APPLICABLE) ($/Month) Maximum Initial or First Tier Income Limit (or Threshold) if Lower Than 85% of Current SMI IF APPLICABLE) (% of SMI) [Divide(c) by (a), multiply by 100] Income Level if Lower Than 85% of Current SMI
    3 $6,468.00 $5,498.00 $3,881.00 60%
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.1.3 Family Size of 3: Eligible Children and Families - Income Eligibility at Determination. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Approaches Used for Promoting Continuity of Care
    • Coordinating with Head Start, prekindergarten, or other early learning programs to create a package of arrangements that accommodates parents’ work schedules
    Not available
    • Inquiring about whether the child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP)
    Not available
    • Establishing minimum eligibility periods greater than 12 months
    Not available
    • Using cross-enrollment or referrals to other public benefits
    Yes
    • Working with IDEA Part B, Section 619 and Part C staff to explore how services included in a child’s IEP or IFSP can be supported and/or provided onsite and in collaboration with child care services
    Not available
    • Providing more intensive case management for families with children with multiple risk factors;
    Not available
    • Implementing policies and procedures that promote universal design to ensure that activities and environments are accessible to all children, including children with sensory, physical, or other disabilities
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is housed under the Lead Agency’s Economic Assistance Policy Division. The division also contains Health Care Coverage, LIHEAP, SNAP and TANF. The Lead Agency provides a combined program application that contains all of these programs. The Lead Agency will also have a combined review form that contains all open programs that are due for review. Additionally, verification and information provided for one program may be used to determine eligibility for other programs. This allows clients a combined option to access multiple programs and promotes the continuity of care by making various types of assistance as accessible as possible to these populations. Applicants who apply for CCAP and Health Care Coverage are screened for Health Tracks, a free preventative health-screening service office to children ages 0-21. These screenings include dental, hearing, vision, developmental and other types of screenings. The CCAP delinks a child absence from child care by paying up to 40 hours, or 5 days of absence hours. Once in the new eligibility system, CCAP will pay an additional 10% of the state maximum rate to providers who are caring for children with verified disabilities.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 3.1.6 and 3.1.6-2: Eligible Children and Families - Approaches Used for Promoting Continuity of Care. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Increasing Access for Vulnerable Children and Families
    Children with Special Needs
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Not available
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Yes
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    The Lead Agency defines a child with special needs as a child who is physically or mentally incapable of caring for himself or herself as verified by a physician or a licensed or certified psychologist. Services are prioritized by providing services to a child between the ages of 13 to 19 when that child is identified as having special needs. Once the new eligibility system is in place, with an anticpated go-live date in March 2019, an additional 10% will be added to payments made to providers who are caring for children with identified special needs.

    The Lead Agency does not have a waiting list as all applicants for CCAP have been able to be assisted by the Lead Agency. In the event the Lead Agency would have to implement a waiting list, children with special needs would be identified as a priority for services.
    Families with Very Low Incomes
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Not available
    • Waive co-payments
    Yes
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    The Lead Agency defines families with very low incomes as families who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). TANF families have a waived co-payment.

    The Lead Agency does not have a waiting list as all applicants for CCAP have been able to be assisted by the Lead Agency. In the event the Lead Agency would have to implement a waiting list, families with very low incomes would be identified as a priority for services.
    Children Experiencing Homelessness
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Yes
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Not available
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Households who are experiencing homelessness are prioritized by allowing CCAP eligibility at the time of application or review for caretakers who have only job or activity search as an allowable activity. These households are also provided services during a 30-day grace period to provide required verifications.

    The Lead Agency does not have a waiting list as all applicants for CCAP have been able to be assisted by the Lead Agency. In the event the Lead Agency would have to implement a waiting list, children experiencing homelessness would be identified as a priority for services.
    Families Receiving TANF*
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Not available
    • Waive co-payments
    Yes
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Families who are receiving TANF or TANF Transition are prioritized by have the CCAP co-payment waived and by paying for child care services provided for any activity identified on the TANF JOBS Employability Plan.

    The Lead Agency does not have a waiting list as all applicants for CCAP have been able to be assisted by the Lead Agency. In the event the Lead Agency would have to implement a waiting list, families receiving would be identified as a priority for services.
    * Includes families receiving TANF program funds, those transitioning off TANF through work activities, or those at risk of becoming dependent on TANF.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 3.2.2a, 3.2.2b, 3.2.2c, 3.2.2d, 3.2.2a-2, 3.2.2b-2, 3.2.2c-2, and 3.2.2d-2: Increasing Access for Vulnerable Children and Families. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Use of Grants or Contracts to Increase the Supply of Specific Types of Child Care
    • Programs to serve children with disabilities
    Not available
    • Programs to serve infants and toddlers
    Not available
    • Programs to serve school-age children
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children needing non-traditional hour care
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children experiencing homelessness
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children in underserved areas
    Not available
    • Programs that serve children with diverse linguistic or cultural backgrounds
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (urban)
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (rural)
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    NA
    Use of Grants or Contracts to Increase the Quality of Specific Types of Child Care
    • Programs to serve children with disabilities
    Not available
    • Programs to serve infants and toddlers
    Not available
    • Programs to serve school-age children
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children needing non-traditional hour care
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children experiencing homelessness
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children in underserved areas
    Not available
    • Programs that serve children with diverse linguistic or cultural backgrounds
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (urban)
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (rural)
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    NA
    Base payment rates and percentiles
    Age Center Percentile of most recent MRS Family Child Care Percentile of most recent MRS
    Infant $ 210.00/ week 75th $ 160.00/ week 75th
    Toddler $ 197.50/ week 75th $ 155.00/ week 75th
    Preschool $ 180.00/ week 75th $ 150.00/ week 75th
    School Age $ 165.00/ week 75th $ 150.00/ week 75th
    Effective date of payment rates: October 1, 2018.
    Market rate survey (MRS) date: 12/22/2017
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 4.3.1: Setting Payment Rates. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 4.2.5a: Setting Payment Rates. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Tiered Reimbursement or Differential Rates
    • Differential rate for non-traditional hours. Describe
    Not available
    • Differential rate for children with special needs, as defined by the state/territory.
    Not available
    • Differential rate for infants and toddlers. Note: Do not check if the Lead Agency has a different base rate for infants/toddlers with no separate bonus or add-on
    Not available
    • Differential rate for school-age programs. Note: Do not check if the Lead Agency has a different base rate for school-age children with no separate bonus or add-on.
    Not available
    • Differential rate for higher quality, as defined by the state/territory.
    Not available
    • Other differential rates or tiered rates.
    Not available
    • Tiered or differential rates are not implemented.
    Yes
    CCDF Co-Payemts by Family Size
    CCDF Co-Payments by Family Size
    (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)
    Family Size Lowest “Entry” Income Level Where Family Is First Charged Co-Pay (Greater Than $0) What Is the Monthly Co-Payment for a Family of This Size Based on the Income Level in (a)? The Co-Payment in Column (b) is What Percentage of the Income in Column (a)? Highest “Entry” Income Level Before a Family Is No Longer Eligible What Is the Monthly Co-Payment for a Family of This Size Based on the Income Level in (d)? The Co-Payment in Column (e) is What Percentage of the Income in Column (d)?
    3 $1.00 $13.00 2 $3,881.00 $272.00 7
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.4.1a Family Size of 3: Family Contribution to Payment - CCDF Co-Payments by Family Size. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Family Contribution to Payment
    • No, the Lead Agency does not waive family contributions/co-payments.
    Not available
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for families with an income at or below the Federal poverty level for families of the same size.
    Not available
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for families who are receiving or needing to receive protective services, as determined by the Lead Agency for purposes of CCDF eligibility. Describe the policy and provide the policy citation..
    Not available
    • Describe contributions/co-payments for families who are receiving or needing to receive protective services
    Not available
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for other criteria established by the Lead Agency. Describe the policy and provide the policy citation
    Yes
    • Describe contributions/co-payments for other criteria (See table below)
    Described Below
    Co-payments are waived for households that are also eligible for TANF, TANF Transition and Diversion. The policy citation is ‘Waived Co-Pay for TANF Recipients 400-28-45-05’. Co-payments are also waived for household who are eligible for Crossroads. The Crossroads Program is designed to assist teen parents under the age of 21 continue their education. The policy citation is ‘Eligibility for Crossroads Families 400-28-40-05’.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.4.4: Family Contribution to Payment - Family Contribution to Payment. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

    Health and Safety

    Child-Staff Ratios by Group Size by Age of Children for Licensed Child Care Centers
    Age of Children Child-Staff Ratio Group Size
    Infant (11 months) 4:1 10
    Toddler (35 months) 7:1 20
    Preschool (59months) 7:1 20
    School-age (6 years) 20:1 40
    School-age (10 years and older) 20:1 40
    If any of the responses above are different for exempt child care centers, describe which requirements apply: Described Below
    NA
    Source(s): National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance. (2021). 2020 Child Care Licensing Study: Analysis of child care licensing regulations. [Unpublished data].

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 5.2.1a-5_6_7: Standards on ratios, group sizes, and qualifications for CCDF providers.– exempt child care centers. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

    Quality Improvement

    Use of Quality Funds
    Yes/No CCDF Funds Other Funds Other (describe)
    Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Establishing or expanding a statewide system of CCR&R services Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territorys Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Supporting accreditation Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development Yes Yes Yes Described Below
    Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Use of Quality Funds - Continued
    Other (describe)
    Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce State General Funds
    Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines State General Funds
    Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system State General Funds
    Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers Not available
    Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards State General Funds
    Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territorys State General Funds
    Supporting accreditation Not available
    Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development State General Funds
    Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible Not available
    Source(s):
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-1: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-2: Use of Quality Funds - Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-3: Use of Quality Funds - Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-4: Use of Quality Funds - Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-5: Use of Quality Funds - Establishing or expanding a statewide system of CCR&R services. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-6: Use of Quality Funds - Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-7: Use of Quality Funds - Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territory. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-8: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting accreditation. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-9: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-10: Use of Quality Funds - Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency
    Application in other languages (application document, brochures, provider notices) Not available
    Informational materials in non-English languages Not available
    Website in non-English languages Not available
    Lead Agency accepts applications at local community-based locations Not available
    Bilingual caseworkers or translators available Yes
    Bilingual outreach workers Yes
    Partnerships with community-based organizations Yes
    Other Not available
    Describe Other Not available
    Not available
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.1.1-1 and 2.1.1-2: Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency - Strategies the Lead Agency or partners utilize to provide outreach and services to eligible families for whom English is not their first language. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Outreach to Families with a Person(s) with Disabilities
    Applications and public informational materials available in Braille and other communication formats for access by individuals with disabilities Not available
    Websites that are accessible (e.g., Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act) Yes
    Caseworkers with specialized training/experience in working with individuals with disabilities Not available
    Ensuring accessibility of environments and activities for all children Not available
    Partnerships with state and local programs and associations focused on disability-related topics and issues Yes
    Partnerships with parent associations, support groups, and parent-to-parent support groups, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers Not available
    Partnerships with state and local IDEA Part B, Section 619 and Part C providers and agencies Yes
    Availability and/or access to specialized services (e.g., mental health, behavioral specialists, therapists) to address the needs of all children Yes
    Other Not available
    Describe Other Not available
    Not available
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.1.2-1 and 2.1.2-2: Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency - Strategies the Lead Agency or partners utilize to provide outreach and services to eligible families with a person(s) with a disability. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Consumer Education Website
    How the Lead Agency ensures that its website is consumer-friendly and easily accessible The State contracts with Lutheran Social Services to provide a statewide system of Child Care Resource and Referral known as Child Care Aware of ND. Child Care Aware provides multiple services on the State's behalf, including consumer education and referrals, pre-service and ongoing training for early childhood services providers, and technical assistance for early childhood service providers and applicants. The activities included in the contract for Child Care Aware are:

    Consumer education and referrals:
    Provide a consumer-friendly and easily accessible website, which will promote informed early childhood services choices by parents, including,

    1. The availability of child care services,
    2. Information on quality of providers, if available,
    3. Research and best practices concerning children's development and meaningful parent and family engagement, and
    4. Information on developmental screenings.

    Collect and disseminate data, including annual reports of,

    1. Child care costs by state and county,
    2. Extent child care capacity meets potential demand, and
    3. Coordination of services and supports, including services under Section 619 and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    Disseminate information on early childhood services quality and options for families through participation in community and statewide events.
    Maintain a parent referral system available to parents online and by telephone.
    Training:

    1. Provide pre-service training in accordance with CCDF requirements to providers. Training must be made available in multiple formats.
    2. Provide ongoing training opportunities for providers that:

    - Aligns with the N.D. Early Learning Guidelines, http:// www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childcare/guidelines.html,
    - Meets approval within the N.D. Growing Futures Professional Development System,http:// www.ndgrowingfutures.org,
    - Leads to progressive professional development, including the Child Development Associate or pursuit of postsecondary education,
    - Reflects current research in early childhood education, and
    - Is appropriate for providers of varied cultures and learning styles.

    Collaborate with other entities, as appropriate, to ensure a wide variety of meaningful training opportunities, which are accessible to all providers. The program will focus on the development of the early childhood workforce, quality improvement of early childhood programs, technical assistance for early childhood providers and staff members, and building the capacity of early childhood programs, as provided for in N.D.C.C. § 50-11.1-14.1.

    Technical Assistance: Provide consultation and resources to providers on health and safety, child care business practices, child development, emergency preparedness, and maintaining licensing compliance.

    Workforce development, to include:

    1- Progressive training and technical assistance opportunities leading to the Child Development Associate or upward movement on the Career Pathways.
    2- The training delivery shall include a combination of online courses, face-toface training, featured events, and series classes.
    3- Implementation of the Growing Futures Professional Development Registry, www.ndgrowingfutures.org.

    - Marketing of system to potential members, trainers, and training organizations,
    - Providing technical assistance to potential members of the system, and
    - Maintenance of the registry database and other technology associated with the system.

    4- Grants and scholarships to early childhood providers and staff members to encourage participation in Growing Futures and upward movement on the Career Pathways.
    5- Collaboration with other agencies when possible.

    Quality improvement, to include:

    1- Implementation of Bright & Early ND, www.brightnd.org.

    - Effectiveness of the quality improvement project must be evaluated using pre-project and post-project data obtained from reliable assessment tools, such as the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), Program Administration Scale (PAS), School-age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS), the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS), the Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS), and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS).
    - Work with a statewide QRIS committee to receive guidance and feedback on implementation of Bright & Early ND.
    - Provide statewide training and promotion on Bright & Early ND for providers.

    2- Peer coaching or mentoring program to assist with technical assistance to new providers and providers enrolled in the quality improvement projects.

    - Peer coaching component must include training of interested and qualified providers or other early childhood professionals.
    - Peer coaches must receive stipends for their services, reimbursement for a substitute for their program, and reimbursement for mileage, if appropriate.

    3- Other quality improvement projects as determined through ongoing assessment of need.


    Recruitment and capacity building, to include:

    1. Assisting communities in addressing local child care needs and promoting local collaborations to meet child care needs.
    2. Incentive grants, training, and technical assistance to newly licensed providers or providers who are able to expand their current capacity.
    How the website ensures the widest possible access to services for families that speak languages other than English The Lead Agency contracts with Child Care Aware of North Dakota (CCA) to provide a consumer education website. The Lead Agency and CCA work together to provide awebsite that is consumer-friendly. This is done for example, by allowing multiple ways to search for providers. CCA consumer website has information that defines terms for licensed and exempt care, offering frequently asked questions, and includes a description of licensing or regulatory requirements for child care providers. The website itself is not accessible in multiple languages because the state has not been able to identify an additional language that more then 1% of the states populations speaks. However, there are strategies that are in place to overcome language barriers with families. The approaches used to assist parents regarding discussions about child care options and rules vary across the state depending on demographics, languages spoken, and resources available in and to each county. They include but are not limited to: requests for translators; working with friends, family members, or neighbors; using a website for translation (such as http://www.freetranslation.com/); using the language software available through Microsoft. For hearing impaired clients, CCA parent resources specialists may write their conversations out, use relay North Dakota for telephone contacts, or contact the ND School for the Deaf for resource support. If an individual is visually impaired the ND School for the Blind may be contacted for resource support.
    How the website ensures the widest possible access to services for persons with disabilities If the individual seeking information isn't receiving case management services via another State entity, the Lead Agency and/or Child Care Aware will assist the individual in accessing information contained on the website. The Lead Agency is currently exploring ehancements that can be made to the website to make it more accessible, such as hover/audio capabilities, etc. Individuals may also use Relay North Dakota for telephone contacts or contact the ND School for the Deaf for resource support. If an individual is visually impaired, the ND School for the Blind may be contacted for resource support.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.3.1, 2.3.1, and 2.3.3: Consumer Education Website. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

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