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Child care providers, by type in North Dakota

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The number of child care providers licensed, registered, or approved with the state.

Licensed - Providers that are licensed by the state including Child Care Center, Family Child Care, Group Child Care, Group Child Care Home, Preschool Education Facility, and facilities with multiple licenses. Providers must be licensed if caring for 6 or more children (or 4 or more children under age 2).

Licensed School Age - Providers licensed for at least 19 children in a facility and offer services before and after school, and sometimes on school holidays and through the summer months. Some school age programs may be exempt from licensing if offered within a school district.

Registered Tribal - Not state licensed but oversight is provided by Tribal entity. 

Self-Declaration Providers - Care for 5 or fewer children or 3 children under age 2 in a home. Providers must still meet minimal health and safety standards, are inspected prior to approval, and receive one monitoring visit per year but are not licensed facilities.

Approved Relative - Care for 5 or fewer children or 3 children under age 2 and are related to the children in care. All adults living in the home are checked against the sex offenders list and the adult household members receive a background check, but otherwise these providers are not licensed or monitored.

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. 

Last Updated

March 2024