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Important Rule Change Discussion for Child Care Providers

Updated: Dec 14, 2023


We want to make you aware of an opportunity to speak out and advocate for yourself and other providers at the state legislature.


➡️➡️➡️ Here is the big ask of you: To provide information in-person! 


A proposed administrative rule change: This is an opportunity for providers and families to give input to DHHS administrative rule changes that will impact childcare providers, including new requirements related to fencing requirements.


We understand and appreciate the vital role child care providers play in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children under their care. Safety is a top priority, and we acknowledge the challenges child care providers face in maintaining a secure environment. We understand that fences may not be a feasible option in many licensed child care locations, including churches, schools, businesses, rental properties, and apartments.


Who: The Department of Health and Human Services (agency hearing)

What: Oral hearing on proposed rules

When: Monday, December 18th 11:00AM 

Where: Room 210 Second Floor, Judicial Wing, State Capitol Bismarck, ND

What: Provide information in-person! This is an opportunity for providers and families to give input to DHHS administrative rule changes that will impact child care providers, including new requirements related to fencing requirements.


Points for Child Care Providers:


Prioritizing Safety:

  • Ensuring the safety of the children under your care is of utmost importance. Adequate supervision is a key element in maintaining a secure environment for all.

Regulatory Constraints:

  • It's essential to acknowledge that fences may not be a viable option in many licensed child care locations. This includes places such as churches, schools, businesses, rental properties, and apartments. Local regulations and restrictions may exist that prevent the installation of fences in these settings.

Financial Considerations:

  • We understand that implementing safety measures, such as fences, can be financially challenging. Unfortunately, there are currently no available funding sources to support child care providers in covering these new expenses. Notably, the request for financial assistance in this regard was denied as part of the health and safety grants provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).


By understanding these challenges, we can collectively work towards finding alternative safety solutions that are feasible and compliant within the diverse contexts of licensed child care facilities.


Notice: 

Proposed changes: 


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