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1 Investing in the Future: Our Children Polly Fassinger, Program DirectorNorth Dakota KIDS COUNT

2 The brain is an environmental organ: its health and development are strongly shaped by the stimulation and interaction children receive, particularly during ages 0-5, a critical period of growth and learning. J. Clinton, 2007 North Dakota KIDS COUNT

3  Quality child care is about child development  Quality child care builds developing brains North Dakota KIDS COUNT

4  Most children have working parents North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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7  Access to child care is often limited North Dakota KIDS COUNT

8  Hours of operation are limited North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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10  Spaces in child care facilities are often well below the number of children possibly needing care North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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12  Child care is costly North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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14  Child care adds to the state’s economic success North Dakota KIDS COUNT

15 2002 data North Dakota KIDS COUNT

16  Child care worker’s wages are relatively low North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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18  One of the ramifications of workers’ low income is high job turnover North Dakota KIDS COUNT

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20  How can the state create better futures for all of our children? North Dakota KIDS COUNT

21  10 million in aid to preschool  3.5 million to build or expand child-care centers  1.5 million for mandatory background checks for providers North Dakota KIDS COUNT

22  Increase access to child care ◦ Number of facilities, hours of operation  Increase profitability of child care ◦ Child-care workers’ wages ◦ Reimbursement to providers  Reduce costs of child care ◦ Families’ expenses North Dakota KIDS COUNT

23  Increase quality of child care ◦ Skilled and educated caregivers ◦ Safe, licensed facilities ◦ Low staff turnover  Support Early Childhood Education ◦ Preschool programs ◦ Head Start and Early Head Start programs North Dakota KIDS COUNT

24  Increase Access ◦ Governor Hoeven’s proposal ◦ Tax credits to businesses ◦ Make child care more profitable  Increase Profitability ◦ Increase reimbursement rates for providers ◦ Provide financial incentives for child-care workers  Reduce Child-Care Costs ◦ Create state child-care tax credit ◦ Develop state Earned Income Tax Credit ◦ Increase child-care assistance to low-income families North Dakota KIDS COUNT

25  Increase Quality of Child Care ◦ More incentives for skilled, educated caregivers ◦ Create incentives for using new Early Learning Guidelines ◦ More incentives for licensing ◦ Incentives that reduce worker turnover  Support Early Childhood Education ◦ Fund Head Start ◦ Fund universal preschool in ND North Dakota KIDS COUNT

26  Speak to candidates, legislators  Vote for persons who make children a priority  Provide feedback & support during legislative sessions North Dakota KIDS COUNT

27 2008 Issues Guide Available at

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