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Child care providers, by quality rating in North Dakota

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The number of licensed child care providers in North Dakota by quality rating, also called Bright & Early North Dakota. Bright and Early ND is North Dakota's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is designed to showcase and support child care and early education programs that go above and beyond to improve their quality of care.

Only licensed providers (excluding those licensed for school age care) are included in the quality rating improvement system. Licensed providers include individuals or facilities to whom the right, authority, or permission has been granted by the North Dakota Department of Human Services to operate a family child care home, group child care home or facility, child care center, preschool educational facility, or multiple license facility. Programs that are licensed through the Department of Health and Human Services and have a registered organization profile in the Early Childhood Workforce Registry (Growing Futures) automatically receive a Step 1 Quality Rating starting in fall 2022.

Data Source

North Dakota Department of Human Services, Early Childhood Services


GEOGRAPHY - Data reflect the location of the child care program. 
DATE - Data represents February 1. Data for 2023 is May 1 due to more accurate reporting from a new system.
 Data for 2021 is not reliably available due to a switch in data systems at the Department of Human Services. Child care quality data may not perfectly align with reported providers and capacity since data comes from separate systems and updates on different timelines.

Last Updated

March 2024