Opportunities & Grants

Preparing for Bright & Early

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Child Care Aware® of North Dakota partners with Bright & Early ND, to provide coaching and support to child care programs and preschools working toward quality rating and school readiness. Child Care Aware® coaches work with early childhood teachers and care providers to implement strategies that improve and confirm the quality of their program to parents and communities.


Partner Benefits and Resources

  • Grants & Scholarships
  • Material and Equipment Grants are available to programs receiving coaching in pursuit of Step 2 of Bright & Early ND. There must be proof of a demonstrated need to receive a grant. Grant amounts requested may range from $400-$1600, dependent on license type and proof of demonstrated need.
    GRANT REQUIRMENTS
    - Complete Application
    - Completed QIP, verified by a coach and submitted with application, that will be used to show demonstrated need.
    - Be an active Bright & Early ND Step 2 cohort
    - Working with a Child Care Aware of North Dakota coach

  • Strengthen your skills and advance your profession when you earn your CDA. Qualifying applicants will receive a $425 scholarship, which covers the cost of the CDA application fee.
    Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION
    • Be a North Dakota resident
    • Employed in a program actively participating in a Bright & Early Step 2,3, or 4 cohort
    • Career Pathways placement at Category A or higher
    • 100 hours of Career Pathways training completed
    • Professional Development Plan for remaining 20 hours of Career Pathways training
    • Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
    • Be ready to apply to the CDA Council within three months

  • Aim4Excellence is an online national director credential for early childhood administrators. This credential focuses on the essential knowledge and skills you need to deliver high-quality programming for children.
    This scholarship is valued at $945, which covers 60% of the cost for each module. The candidate is responsible for 40% of the cost of each module, a total of $630.
    Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION
    • Be a North Dakota resident
    • Work in an early care and education leadership role
    • Employed in a program actively participating in a Bright & Early ND Step 2, 3, or 4 cohort
    • Have a Career Pathways placement at Category A or higher
    • Must commit to complete all nine modules in 12-18 months
    • Agree to work with a CQI coach and/or qualified peer mentor to discuss goals and implement program improvements

  • > Reduced Rates for Professional Development

    Participating programs will receive reduced registration for required Bright & Early ND Professional Development. Contact your Child Care Aware of North Dakota coach for more information.

  • Step 3: Evaluate Children's Outcomes
  • Teaching Strategies Gold
    Teaching Strategies Gold

    Grounded in 38 research-based objectives for development and learning, GOLD® supports effective teaching and assessment, while providing you with more time to spend with the children in your program. Accessed through MyTeachingStrategies™, GOLD® automatically links teaching and assessment, making it easier to connect the dots across the most important aspects of high-quality early childhood education.

  • Step 4: Evaluate Interactions
  • The interactions teachers have with children impact learning, development—even lifelong achievement. CLASS is the observation tool developed to assess these interactions: from infant care through 12th grade. To learn more connect with your Child Care Aware of North Dakota coach or visit http://teachstone.com/

  • CLASS - Infant
    CLASS - Infant

    Designed for classrooms where children range in age from birth through 18 months, the Infant CLASS measure is organized under one domain that captures the key interactions between caregivers and infants that predict children's learning and development: Responsive Caregiving.

  • CLASS- Toddler
    CLASS- Toddler

    Designed for classrooms where children range in age from 15 months through 36 months, the Toddler CLASS measure is organized under two domains that capture the key interactions between caregivers and toddlers that predict children's learning and development: Emotional and Behavioral Support and Engaged Support for Learning.

  • CLASS-PreK
    CLASS-PreK

    Designed for classrooms where children range in age from 3 to 5 years old, the Pre-K CLASS measure is organized under three domains that capture the key interactions between caregivers and preschool age children that predict children's learning and development: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.


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