STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Commerce bill compromise reached
BISMARCKNorth Dakota lawmakers reached a compromise on Wednesday regarding the states Centers of Excellence and child care funding.
The Commerce Departments budget provides $3.1 million for child car... Posted on 4/27/11 at 6:15 PM
The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. The Friday before Mother’s Day, May 10, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff and all those who work with children and are responsible for their education and care.
Becky Swanson says she fears that she will lose her voice with state officials if fellow daycare providers vote to unionize.
If a majority of 4,300 Minnesota in-home day-care providers vote to join unions, Swanson said, the unions probably would take over all negotiations.
By Don Davis, Forum Communications Co.
, November 29, 2011
Minot’s efforts in the past couple of years to ease a child care shortage suffered a major setback with the Souris River flood of 2011.
“The supply was really short before this happened and it’s even a worse situation now,” said Kristi Asendorf, program supervisor in Minot with Child Care Resource & Referral, a project of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.
By Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News
, August 23, 2011
Available licensed child care is becoming a hot commodity these days amid a population influx and many agencies are reporting shortages.
“We have a child care shortage across the state, but it’s particularly significant in oil country where we have young people moving in and the child population, the zero to five population, is going to grow and those parents have to work,” said Linda Reinicke, director of North Dakota Child Care Resource & Referral.
By Lisa Anne Call, Forum Communications Co.
, February 07, 2011
Beginning this week, the North Dakota Department of Human Services will use debit cards or direct deposit to pay child care providers who participate in the child care assistance program. About 3,115 regulated providers participate in the program, which helps low-income parents who work or attend school afford child care.
Child care providers are invited to attend the Chat and Play Café workshop to be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, at Temple Baptist Church, 1545 Fourth Ave. N.W. The workshop will take participants on a Child and Adult Care Food Program adventure to an imaginary restaurant. Specials of the day will include healthy lunches in a crunch, portion distortion and CACFP regulations.
Applicants will be accepted through March 31 for the second round of the state Child Care Grant Program.
The program provides matching grants of up to $5,000 for infrastructure needs, documented expansion of the facility or equipment for special needs children. Another grant of $10,000 is available for technical assistance or business planning.
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