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.
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