Early Childhood and School-Age Care Policy Notes

Three bills were heard in committee this week regarding support and stabilization for the early childhood and school-age care industry (SB2237, SB2323, SB2301). Read testimony and watch legislative video related to these bills by clicking the "Watch Video" links below.

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.

Afterschool Day on the Hill - Join Us!

Join us for Afterschool Day on the Hill on February 22! We invite any out-of-school time program working with youth ages PreK through Grade 12 to register to attend and showcase to legislators and state agency representatives the ways you are positively impacting North Dakota's youth, families, and communities. Not only is this a great way to advocate for school-age youth, but also to involve youth in the legislative process! Travel reimbursement is available.

What We're Watching

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

Hearing scheduled 1/30 at 9:45 with Senate Human Services Committee. Submit Testimony by 8:00am on 1/30

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

Last Official Action: Hearings held 1/18 & 1/23 with House Industry, Business, and Labor. No action taken. Watch Video

Child Care Aware of ND submitted informational testimony for this bill.

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

Last Official Action: Hearing held 1/25 with Finance and Taxation Committee. Watch Video

SB 2323: A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation to the department of health and human services for early childhood programs.

Last Official Action: Hearing held 1/25 with Human Services Committee Watch Video

ND Afterschool Network submitted informational testimony in support of including a school-age pathway in Bright and Early and incentivizing engaging in continuous quality improvement for school-age programs.

SB 2301: Relating to the establishment of a child care stabilization program.

Last Official Action: Hearing held 1/25 in Workforce Development Committee Watch Video

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

Last Official Action: Hearing held 1/18 with Senate Human Services Watch Video

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.

Last Official Action: Hearing held 1/18 with House Education. Received "do pass" and placed on caelndar. Watch Video

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

Last Official Action: 1/13 Second reading in Senate, passed (yeas 46 nays 0); 1/16 House received from Senate. Watch Video

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: 1/13 Second reading in Senate, passed (yeas 45 nays 1); 1/16 House received from Senate. Watch Video

North Dakota Legislative Solutions

North Dakota State Agency Recommendations

Committee & Floor Schedule: January 27 - February 4

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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