Early Childhood and School-Age Care Policy Notes

North Dakota's 68th Legislative Assembly started on January 3, 2023. Child Care Aware of North Dakota and North Dakota Afterschool Network will be tracking bills and initiatives that may impact early childhood, school-age care, and other afterschool and out-of-school time programming. Policy updates will be sent weekly and as important developments occur during session to keep you informed and to notify you of opportunities to be involved.

If you become aware of additional issues impacting the field or if you have any questions, please contact ND Afterschool Network or Child Care Aware of ND.

What We're Watching

HB 1144: Relating to required training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect for public and nonpublic school teachers, administrators, and counselors, and early childhood services providers.

Hearing scheduled 1/18 at 9:00am with House Education Submit Testimony

SB 2190: Relating to the child care assistance program; and to provide a statement of legislative intent.

Hearing scheduled 1/18 at 11:00am with Senate Human Services Submit Testimony

HB 1298: Relating to proof of liability insurance for early childhood programs; and to provide an effective date.

Hearing scheduled 1/18 at 2:30pm with House Industry, Business, and Labor Submit Testimony

SB 2238: Relating to criminal history checks for early childhood services providers; and to provide for a legislative management study.

Last Official Action: Introduced, first reading, referred to Human Services Committee

SB 2084: Relating to child care assistance payments to providers.

Last Official Action: Committee Hearings 1/9, 1/10; Reported back amended 1/11; Received "do pass" from Human Services Committee 1/11; Amendment adopted, placed on calendar 1/12

Watch Legislative Video related to this bill.

SB 2104: Relating to early childhood services, resource and referral services, workforce development, early childhood inclusion support program, best in class program, and disclosure of child abuse and neglect confirmed decisions involving early childhood services.

Last Official Action: Committee hearings 1/9, 1/10; Amended, received "do pass" from Human Services Committee 1/11; Placed on calendar 1/12.

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SB 2237: Relating to child care income tax credits; and to provide an effective date.

Last Official Action: Introduced, first reading, referred to Finance and Taxation Committee.

North Dakota Legislative Solutions

North Dakota State Agency Recommendations

Committee & Floor Schedule: Week of January 15-21

Committee Hearing Schedule

House Floor Calendar

Senate Floor Calendar

Your Voice Matters

Visit our Policy Page to find:

  • Advocacy Toolkit with tips, templates, and tools to help you tell your story
  • North Dakota Legislative Solutions
  • ND State Agency Recommendations
  • Advocacy Training Video, with overview of needs, solutions, and ways to be involved
  • Comprehensive analysis of current needs
  • Afterschool Day on the Hill Registration - February 22, 2023

Legislative Calendar

  • January 3 Session Begins
  • January 18 Deadline for Representatives to introduce bills
  • January 23 Deadline for Senators to introduce bills
  • February 24 Crossover date for bills
  • February 27/28 Recess
  • April 28 Session limited to 80 legislative days


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