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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
Children Living in Working Families
Children Living in Working Families: Children under 6-Years-Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.255101025181646 and with two working parents 0.507531269699081; Children Ages 6 to 17-Years Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.220753501696773 and with two working parents 0.588352351928937
Poverty Statistics
Poverty Statistics: 0.311545539663578 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.12922545442805 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty; 0.235244809954456 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.0979239817824512 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty
  Below 100% of Poverty Below 185% of Poverty
Under 6-Years Old 12.92% 31.15%
6 to 17-Years Old 9.79% 23.52%

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: 38%; 3 and 4-Years Old: 32%; 5 through 12-Years Old: 30%
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Average Monthly number of Children and Families Served: Children 2500 and Families 1600
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 41%, Group Home 36%, 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 16%, Child's Home 16%
Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
$15,239,692
  • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
$10,085,139
  • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
$5,154,553
CCDF Quality Expenditures
  • Total Quality Expenditure:
$3,832,863
  • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
$3,502,194
  • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
$375,399
  • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
$0
  • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
$-44,730
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
  • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
$0
Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: $0
Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: $0
ChildCare Tax Credits
  • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
$1,232,200
  • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
21,680
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
No
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
No
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • CACFP Funding:
$10,496,031
  • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
845
  • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
199
Head Start
  • Head Start Federal Allocation:
$22,750,852
  • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
Not available
  • Number of Children Participating:
2,241
IDEA Part B, Section 619
  • IDEA Part B Funding:
$806,067
  • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
2,189
IDEA Part C
  • IDEA Part C Funding:
$2,301,533
  • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
1,372
Pre-kindergarten
  • Pre-kindergarten Total Expenditure:
$750,000
  • Enrollment (4-year-olds and under):
965
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.

CCDF Subsidy Program Administration

Income Eligibility Limit as a Percent of State Median Income (SMI)
Family Size 100% of SMI (Monthly) 85% of SMI (Monthly) Lower Than 85% of SMI,
If Used to Limit Eligibility
Amount (Monthly) Percent of SMI
Three $5,782.00 $4,915.00 Not applicable 0
SMI Year and Source:
Waiting Lists
  • The Lead Agency currently does not have a waiting list and all eligible families who apply will be served under State/Territory eligibility rules.
Re-determination Period
  • The re-determination period is 6 months.
Coordinates or Aligns Re-determination Periods With Which Programs
  • Yes
Prioritize Services for Eligible Children and Families
  • Children with special needs receive the same priority as other CCDF-eligible families. Children receiving or within 90 days of transitioning off preventive or protective care receive guaranteed eligibility. The State prioritizes quality funds for providers serving children with special needs.
    Child care providers who serve children with special needs are eligible to receive free onsite consultation and technical assistance to assist providers and caregivers in providing high quality care appropriate to the individual needs of the children in care.
  • Children in families with very low incomes receive the same priority as other CCDF-eligibility families. Co-pays are waived for TANF families, Diversion assistance families and Crossroad families that are at or below poverty level.
Use of Grants and Contracts

No grant or contracts used

Payment Rates for Licensed Child Care Services -
Age Center Family Child Care
Infant 165.75/week 120.00/week
Toddler 150.00/week 117.50/week
Preschool 141.25/week 115.00/week
School Age 125.00/week 100.00/week
 
Effective date of payment rates:

Market Rate Survey (MRS) Date: March 1, 2013

Payment rate ceiling in relations to the most current MRS for all rate areas and age categories: Center 55th-65th percentile; FCC 40th-45th percentile

Sliding Fee Scale and Family Contribution
Minimum Family Contribution Maximum Family Contribution for First Child Maximum Family Contribution for Multiple Children Sliding Fee Scale Effective Date
$6.00/month $246.00/month $404.00/month
Family Contribution Waiver
SOME families ARE NOT required to pay a fee.

Health and Safety

Number of Licensed Programs and Licensed Capacity
Type Number of Licensed Programs Licensed Capacity
Child Care Centers 326 19577
Family Child Care Homes 341 2957
Group Family Child Care Homes 726 10073
Definition of Licensed Group and Family Child Care Homes
Group Child Care Homes:Number of children allowed* 8-18
Family Child Care Homes: Number of children allowed 4-7 (plus 2 SAC for 2 hours before and after school, and during school vacation)
*Lower number is the threshold for licensing. Home-based providers caring for fewer children would be exempt from licensing.
Child-Staff Ratios and Group Size by Age of Children for 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
Criminal Background Checks Required by Type of Program
Type Child Care Centers Group Child Care Homes Family Child Care Homes
Criminal History Records Yes Yes Yes
Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprints Yes Yes Yes
Sex Offender Registry Yes Yes Yes
Signed Statement About Criminal Status Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Preservice Qualifications and Ongoing Training Requirements
Role Minimum Preservice Qualifications Ongoing Training Hours
Center Teacher None 13
Center Director Child Development Associate credential or a department-approved diploma program with emphasis in early childhood or child care, and 1 year of experience 13
Family Child Care Home Provider Clock hours in ECE within 3 months of licensure 9
Group Child Care Home Provider 1 year of experience working with children and basic child care course in the first year of licensure 10
Types of Routine Visits Conducted
Type Announced Unannounced Frequency of Routine Visits
Child Care Centers Yes Yes Twice a year
Family Child Care Home Provider Yes Yes Twice a year
Group Child Care Home Provider Yes Yes Twice a year

Quality Improvement

Program Standards
  • Standards have provisions about the care of the following groups of children:
    • Infants and toddlers
    • School-age children
Supports to Programs to Improve Quality
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining licensing compliance
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining quality standards beyond licensing
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining accreditation
Yes
  • TA is linked to entering the QRIS or targeted to help programs move in QRIS
Yes
Financial Incentives and Supports for Programs
  • Grants to meet or maintain licensing
Yes
  • Grants to meet QRIS or similar quality levels
Yes
  • One-time awards or bonuses on completion of quality standard attainment
Yes
  • Tiered reimbursement tied to quality for children receiving subsidy
No
  • On-going, periodic grants or stipends tied to improving/maintaining quality
No
  • Tax credits tied to meeting program quality standards
No
Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • Environment Rating Scale (e.g., ECERS, ITERS, SACERS, FDCRS)
Yes
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
Yes
  • Program Assessment Scales (PAS) for child care centers or Business Administration Scale (BAS) for family child care homes
No
  • State/Territory uses customized instrument, including submission of written documentation, developed for the quality improvement system
No
Outreach and Consumer Education
  • State/Territory uses symbols or simple icons to communicate levels of quality for child care programs
Yes
  • State/Territory uses this information for resource and referral and consumer education services with parents who are seeking care
No
  • State/Territory uses this information to educate parents who are enrolling in the subsidy system
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in a searchable database on the web
No
  • State/Territory promotes voluntarily posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
Yes
  • State/Territory mandates posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in marketing and public awareness campaigns
No
  • State/Territory uses the media to reach public to parents and the communicate about levels of quality for child care programs
No
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • State/Territory has a QRIS or similar quality improvement system that includes linked activities in all five elements
 
Bullet icon Operating state/territory-wide No
Bullet icon Operating as a pilot or in a few localities Yes
  • State/Territory is in the development phase of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
No
  • State/Territory has no plans for the development of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
No
  • Types of providers eligible to participate in QRIS:
    • Child care centers
    • Group child care homes
    • Family child care homes
    • Early Head Start programs
    • Head Start programs
    • Pre-kindergarten programs
    • School-age programs

Early Learning Standards

ELGs Developed by Age Group
  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
Incorporation of Early Learning Guidelines into Child Care Systems
  • Incorporation of Early Learning Guidelines into Child Care Systems:
    • To define the content of training required to meet licensing requirements
    • To define the content of training required for program quality improvement standards (e.g., QRIS standards)
    • To define the content of training required for the career lattice or professional credential
A table of Alignment of Early Learning Guidelines with Other Early Care and Education Systems
  • The State/Territory aligns its early learning guidelines with other parts of the child care system:
    • Cross-walked to align with Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Coordination

Coordination and Partnership Efforts to Support the Implementation of CCDF
  • Formal early childhood and/or school-age coordination plans
No
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state/territory-wide early childhood and/or school-age cabinet/advisory council/task force/ commission
No
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state advisory council
Yes
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- local coordination/council
No

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