Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps pay a portion of the cost of childcare for working families, or families in training or education programs. These payments are made to child care providers.

State licensed providers, self-declared providers, and approved relatives are eligible for CCAP.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds to licensed, nonprofit child care centers to serve nutritious meals and snacks. The goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children in care while promoting the development of good eating habits.

Licensed family child care providers, licensed group child care providers, or self-declared child care providers who care for at least one child are eligible to participate with a Family Child Care Home Sponsor (FCCH).

For-profit child care centers may participate if at least 25 percent of the participants in care are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Funding Opportunities

Licensed providers have the opportunity to apply for a variety of grants and funding opportunities

Find out about resources and supports for child care providers. HHS supports a more sustainable, stable child care sector by offering grants, incentives, and shared service resources to child care businesses. 

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Bright & Early North Dakota

Bright & Early, North Dakota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), has made it a priority to offer support and resources that promote participation and advancement through the Bright & Early ND Steps to Quality. Coaching and onsite assessment support is provided by the Bright & Early ND team at Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership (CAPLP).

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Resource and Referral

Child Care Aware® of North Dakota, a program of the South East Education Cooperative (SEEC), offers start-up support to help you navigate opening, running or expanding a child care business, from the planning stages all the way through your first year of operation. Their experts offer monthly virtual and in-person support on child care topics that can be customized to wherever you are in the planning process. 

Child Care Aware® of North Dakota staff can also connect you to grant opportunities in your region.

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Inclusion Support

Every child in your care deserves to be respected, valued, and included but we all need a little help sometimes. USpireND is contracted by HHS to provide inclusion support and coaching to child care providers.  

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Questions? Contact Us

Early Childhood

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2115, 711 (TTY)
Toll-Free: (800) 997-8516