News

  1. Impacts of the Pandemic on Children's Development and Learning

    Learn more about the impacts of the pandemic on children and their parents in the recent study published by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

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  2. Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Child Care

    Review the most recent COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations for early education and care programs from the Center for Disease Control related to in-person care.

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  3. Expanded Training Opportunities

    The Growing Futures Registry is excited to announce that several national training organizations are now offering online training through the Registry. Explore the options and register on the Growing Futures Training Calendar.

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  4. CDC Releases Updated Guidance for Child Care Providers

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released updated guidelines for childcare programs around COVID-19. These resources help programs slow the spread of COVID-19.

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  5. Growing the Talent Pool in Early Education

    "Broader, Deeper, Fairer: Five Strategies to Radically Expand the Talent Pool for Early Education", explores how education, support and preparation can strengthen the early childhood workforce.

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  6. Survey Launched to Measure Impact of COVID-19 on Child Care Access and Use

    Your input is needed! All North Dakota families, including traditional, single, and blended households, who have children ranging in age from newborn to 12 are encouraged to participate.

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  7. Results of Yale Study on Coronavirus and Child Care Released

    Learn how implementation of strong infection control measures, frequent handwashing, increased frequency of surface disinfection and other infection control measures impacted child care programs.

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  8. Child Care Emergency Grants Update

    Child Care Emergency Operations Grants will continue in 2020. Beginning September 26th, any child care program impacted by a COVID closure per a Department of Health recommendation may be eligible for an enhanced daily rate.

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  9. Re-Opening Child Care Programs Guide is Now Available

    The Leadership Team's Guide for Re-opening Programs is a through and practical guide to help providers as they prepare to open following COVID-19 closures.

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  10. Child Care Grant Program Extended

    The North Dakota Emergency Commission approved a request for an additional $12 million in remaining Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fund to again extend the state's Child Care Operating Grant program.

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  11. Updated Operating Guidance for Child Care Programs During COVID-19

    This update addresses an increase in group size, staffing ratios, screening questions/practices, and guidance on attendance if a household member has had direct contact or is confirmed COVID-19 case.

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  12. We Need Your Input Immediately - COVID-19 and Childcare Health Study

    A Yale study is underway to learn effective ways to keep early childhood caregivers, children and their families healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to share your insights.

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  13. Respond to the 2020 U.S. Census

    It’s important for everyone to be counted because the census is used to determine the funding that comes to states, cities, counties, and households. Please be sure to complete the census yourself and encourage parents and families to respond as well.

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  14. Make Distance Learning Engaging

    Many training organizations are exploring ways to move their face-to-face training to a distance format. Check out these tips to help your organization deliver meaningful, engaging, and interactive training no matter the delivery method.

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  15. Childcare Emergency Operating Grants and Other Resources

    The state of North Dakota will be offering emergency operating grants to help sustain licensed child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the CEOG and how to apply.

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  16. Training Delivery Related to Covid-19

    Face-to-face trainings may be canceled and buildings where trainings are held may be closed due to COVID-19 and increasing requirements for social distancing to protect public health. Here's what you need to know.

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  17. COVID-19 Preparedness

    As cases of the coronavirus continue to be diagnosed, it is a good time to review your program's policies and procedures for minimizing illness to protect the children in your care, your coworkers, yourself, and your own family.

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  18. Updated Infectious Disease Exclusion Guidelines Now Available

    Cold and flu season is here and the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Disease Control has updated its school and child care infectious disease exclusion guidance.

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  19. New Policy on For-Credit Courses Completed Prior to 2000

    Beginning January 1, 2020, for-credit ECE courses completed prior to 2000 will be counted toward your Career Pathways placement but will not be listed separately on your Growing Futures Training Record.

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  20. IMPORTANT: New Email Security Policy Takes Effect Immediately

    Emails that have attachments but nothing in the body of the email, will be flagged and not delivered to the intended recipient. Senders will NOT be notified of delivery failure if an email is sent without a message in the body.

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  21. Your Input is Needed for ND Early Childhood Strategic Plan

    Survey responses gathered from early care and education providers will be used to create a Strategic Plan that will enhance early care and education programs in North Dakota. Deadline to complete this survey is Friday, September 13th.

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  22. The Well-Being of Babies and Families in North Dakota

    This report shows that while North Dakota ranks high in several categories, there is still work to be done to ensure that every infant receives the support and care they need to achieve healthy developmental milestones.

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  23. Welcome to our QUALITY partner!

    In mid January, the Registry will welcome Bright&Early ND as a quality partner.

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  24. The Early Childhood Workforce - Who We Are

    Workforce data about who we are, where we work, our qualifications, and compensation is important as we advocate for improvements in workplace environments and pay.

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  25. Why Do Parents Spend So Much on Child Care but Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?

    A new video explains why and proposes a way to better support children, their families and early educators.

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  26. Power to the Profession

    Learn more about this national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation.

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  27. Growing Futures Gets an Upgrade

    Growing Futures Registry upgrade offers users better account security and access. Account holders should now login with their email address and password, and will no longer use their Registry ID# to access their accounts.

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  28. Handy Guides to Help Navigate the Upgraded Registry

    Learn how to login, create an individual account and get answers to other frequently asked questions about the recent Growing Futures Registry upgrade

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  29. Human Services Seeking Comments on Child Care Development State Plan

    A public meeting will be held on July 30, 2018, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CST via video conference sites to hear comments on the 2019-2021 draft Child Care Development Fund State Plan.

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  30. Dept. of Public Instruction Early Care and Education Summer Newsletter

    In this issue: Pre-K program approval requirements | Continuing Education Grants | The School Leadership Institute | 2019 Early Childhood Education Spring Conference.

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  31. Important Notice! Growing Futures Site Upgrades and Maintenance

    The Growing Futures site will be off-line for maintenance and upgrades from 5 PM on Monday, July 16 until 5 AM on Tuesday, July 17. There will be no access to accounts during this time.

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  32. Important Update to Individual Requests for Training Approval

    Beginning July 1, 2017, new standards are in place for adding outside training to your Growing Futures record.

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  33. Unique Emails Will Soon Be Required

    Our system will undergo an upgrade that requires all individual accounts to have a unique email.

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  34. Updated Trainer Agreement Form

    The Trainer Agreement form has been updated and includes important information for trainers.

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  35. Create a unique email to maintain access to your account

    Starting July 17, 2018, account holders must have a unique email address to login to their Growing Futures account. Follow our step-by-step demos to update your email and password.

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  36. Child Care Development Fund

    The North Dakota Department of Human Services is holding a public comment meeting to gather feedback on its draft 2022-2024 Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Plan. You are invited to participate.

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