Bright & Early North Dakota helps you identify providers who make quality a priority

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Bright & Early North Dakota takes the guesswork out of identifying high quality child care and early education programs.  Use our research-based quality ratings to spot the programs that demonstrate they go above and beyond to prepare children for school and life.  It's easy to get started.  Visit our interactive county map, Bright & Early ND Program Partners , this map showcases all of the programs in your community that have achieved Bright & Early status. If you are looking for additional contact information visit our partner, Child Care Aware of North Dakota®.  To begin, select your county on the map.  Then, create a profile for your family.  In your search results, look for the Bright & Early quality icons to identify participating programs. If there are no Bright & Early ND programs in your community ask the programs why they are not participating. You are your child's best advocate and they deserve quality child care that will help prepare them for school!

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Why Quality Matters Early On

A child’s most important developmental years are those leading up to kindergarten. 90% of a child’s brain develops between birth and five years old. The choices you make last a lifetime.

Quality Verified By Trained Observation Team

Bright & Early uses on-site observation tools to evaluate early care and education programs in action. Bright & Early rated programs gain recognition for demonstrating methods they use to support children’s learning.


If a program doesn’t have a Bright & Early rating, it means they are not yet participating, or don’t meet our rigorous criteria. Ask your current or future child care or early education provider when they plan to join Bright & Early North Dakota.

Bright & Early is Research-Based

Science tells us what young brains need to thrive. Bright & Early translates this scientific research into 4 quality levels. Studies show that children in high quality early care and education programs, enter school with better math, language and social skills. These skills help your child succeed in school and beyond.

Begin your search for quality child care or preschool programs via our partner, Child Care Aware of North Dakota®.