ND Working Parents Child Care Relief: Employers


Making a Targeted Investment

Employers – ND’s Working Parents Child Care Relief pilot program aims to help you attract and retain employees – specifically parents who need child care and may be experiencing challenges due to the high cost of infant and toddler care.

This cost-sharing pilot program focuses on families with young children (birth – 36 months) because this is when they face the greatest economic pressure and make critical decisions about how and if to rejoin the workforce.  As an employer, if you invest at least $300 per child, per month, in a child care benefit, the state will match it (up to $300) for your qualifying employees.

Employers who can participate:

  • North Dakota businesses deemed to be active with the ND Secretary of State's Office
  • Those that have committed to offering employees a child care benefit (stipend) of at least $300/month per child for eligible employees for the duration of the pilot (through September 2026 or until funding is exhausted)

Eligible working parents:

  • Work in the state of North Dakota
  • Have a household income up to 100% of state median income
  • Are raising children (ages birth - 36 months) and use licensed child care services in North Dakota
  • Have applied for the Working Parents Child Care Relief pilot program
How it Works
  • Employer opts-in to participate
  • Employer receives a code to share with employees who must use it when they apply
  • Working parent applies (HHS determines eligibility)
  • Employer provides benefit to employees
  • Employer uploads monthly child care benefit verification of at least $300 per infant/toddler for qualifying employees to HHS
    • Verification must be uploaded by the 7th of the month (following the month it was paid to your employees) for the working parent to receive the match from HHS. 
    • For example, if you have paid a benefit for the month of March, you must upload verification by April 7 for your employees to receive the state match for the month of March.
    • If benefit is paid in increments, wait to upload child care benefit verification until you can provide proof of the full monthly benefit ($300/month per eligible child (age birth - 36 months)
  • HHS pays a $300 match per child (age birth - 36 months) directly to qualifying working parent


Email: dhsec@nd.gov
Phone: 701-328-2115 press 2; 711 (TTY)

Working Parent Child Care Relief Qualifying Household Income

Qualifying Household Incomes *(before taxes)

Family Size (Adults and Children)

Maximum Monthly Household Income

2 $6,068
3 $7,495
4 $8,924
5 $10,351
6 $11,778
7 $12,046
8 $12,314
Employer Toolkit

Resources for participating employers:

Other Child Care Related Help

Paying for Child Care

Families can apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps pay a portion of the cost of child care for each eligible child (birth through 13th birthday) for qualifying families. Learn more at hhs.nd.gov/applyforhelp/ccap


Finding and Choosing Child Care

Know parents looking for child care? Have them visit the Early Childhood Information for Families page. Families can learn about care options, explore resources to help them make a decision, and use an online search tool.


Help moderate income working families afford quality licensed child care for their infants and toddlers.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Employers

What happens if an employee no longer works for a company that participates in the WPCCR program?

Employer should notify HHS immediately at dhsec@nd.gov that the employee is no longer employed with the following information:

  • Employee first and last name
  • Date employment ended
  • Date the employee was last eligible for the WPPCR benefit
My business offers discounted child care to our employees. Is this benefit eligible for a match?

Discounted child care does not count as an eligible benefit for parents to receive the HHS WPCCR matching stipend. The state does not consider a discount a paid stipend. Employers must pay a direct $300 payment (stipend) to employees for child care. A discount is like a coupon. A stipend is a taxable payment.

Should I save any records and for how long?

It is recommended that you maintain all financial records for a minimum of 7 years.

What does attestation mean?

Attestation means the act of a person affirming through an electronic or written signature that the statements the person made when applying for eligibility are truthful and correct.

Can this benefit be provided to Part-time employees?

Part-time employees can participate as long as the employer provides a $300 child care benefit (stipend) to the employee

What kinds of child aare are covered by the WPCCR program?

Children under the age of 36 months must be attending an HHS licensed child care program, either full or part-time. 

How is payment dispersed?

Payment is dispersed directly to the qualifying parent monthly after the employer uploads monthly child care benefit verification.  

(See ‘How it Works’ section of the webpage.)



Email: dhsec@nd.gov
Phone: 701-328-2115 press 2; 711 (TTY)