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Early childhood and school-age care programs (serving children birth through age 12) keep kids safe, engage young people in enriching activities, and help working parents keep their jobs. These programs are proven to help children reach their full potential and are a lifeline for families across ND. Yet, the early childhood and school-age care industry has become one of North Dakota’s largest workforce issues.

As we head into North Dakota’s 68th Legislative Session starting January 2023, the unique opportunity exits to strengthen and support the state’s early childhood and school-age care industry by ensuring care is available, affordable, and high-quality. North Dakota is in dire need of solutions that consider the cost of care for parents while providing adequate funding for childcare and school-age care businesses.

The North Dakota Afterschool Network and Child Care Aware of North Dakota are working together to align systems to increase access and quality in the early childhood and school-age care industry.

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Advocacy Toolkit – ND Early Childhood & School-Age Care

North Dakota Legislative Solutions

Access our policy solutions for ND’s 68th Legislative Assembly (2023)

ND State Agency Recommendations

Access our state agency recommendations for ND’s 68th Legislative Assembly (2023)

Advocacy Training

Early Childhood & School-Age Care: Bridging the Gap to Support Families & Workforce in North Dakota (Recording: 12 min)

Illuminating the Need

Comprehensive analysis of current challenges facing the early childhood & school-age care field.

ND Advocacy Events

Afterschool Day on the Hill – Feb 22, 2023

North Dakota Afterschool Network

Kristin Knorr



Child Care Aware of North Dakota 

Keely Ihry