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North Dakota Growing Futures

Feb 9, 2016

Growing Futures is a central clearinghouse of information and resources for anyone who works with or on behalf of North Dakota's children.

For more than ten years, a dedicated group of early childhood collaborators representing various aspects of the early childhood community in North Dakota have worked to design and develop the Growing Futures system. The following vision and goals have been identified to guide early childhood professional development in North Dakota.


A coordinated system that grows the knowledge and competencies of individuals who provide care and education to children ages birth to 8-years, promotes the development of successful careers in early care and education, and strengthens early childhood programs to support healthy development and learning outcomes for children.


  • Facilitate coordination of training and education opportunities for early childhood practitioners;

  • Ensure that training and education approved for professional development aligns with Core Competencies and equips practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to support children’s development and learning;

  • Provide continual access to all systems components to practitioners, trainers, and others regardless of location, income, or background; and

  • Establish training and educational opportunities for early childhood practitioners that are progressive and cumulative, and linked to Growing Futures Career Pathways and the Quality Rating and Improvement System.

An online training registry was launched in 2011 to include the Trainer and Training Approval System. Beginning July 1, 2011 all trainers and training must be approved by the Growing Futures Registry, which is administered by North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral.

In 2016 the Growing Futures Registry is going to make a major change. North Dakota joined the Registry Consortium and will be transitioning to the data system that a number of other states are also operating, including the two neighboring states of Minnesota and Montana. Not only will this make the data collection more robust and reliable, it will expand the capacity to meet a number of needs and initiatives in North Dakota such as the Bright&Early QRIS that is now operating statewide.

The transition go-live date is July 5, 2016. At that time, Growing Futures will switch off the old system and transition to the new system. There will be changes to the Registry website as well as processes. North Dakota will be implementing a new set of policies and procedures around approval of training and trainers to increase the standards and quality of training that applies to Career Pathways placement, participating in Bright&Early, and other professional credentialing programs.

Growing Futures is also working with the North Dakota Department of Human Services to integrate data for licensing purposes as well as for the state’s efforts around an integrated data system. Growing Futures is the source for workforce data relative to that effort. The administration of the Growing Futures Registry is funded through a contract from the North Dakota Department of Human Services to Child Care Aware® of North Dakota.

Learn more about the North Dakota Growing Futures Registry at http://www.ndgrowingfutures.org

Updated January 2016

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