Early Childhood and School-Age Care Policy Notes

SB 2238 passed in the House this week on 3/21. In committee, the bill was amended to do a legislative management study of the statewide criminal history record check process curing the 2023-24 interim, reporting finding and recommendations to the 69th legislative assembly.

If you become aware of additional issues impacting the field or if you have any questions, please contact ND Afterschool Network or Child Care Aware of ND.

What We're Watching

SB 2012: A BILL for an Act to provide an appropriation for defraying the expenses of various divisions of the department of health and human services; to provide an exemption; and to provide for a report.

Committee Meetings scheduled 3/27, 3/28, 3/29, 3/30, 3/31: does not yet specify which meetings will focus on early childhood services.

SB 2190: Relating to the child care assistance program; and to provide a statement of legislative intent.

Last Official Action: Committee hearing held 3/8. No committee vote yet.

SB 2104: Relating to early childhood services, resource and referral services, workforce development, early childhood inclusion support program, best in class program, and disclosure of child abuse and neglect confirmed decisions involving early childhood services.

Last Official Action: On calendar to vote on House Floor.

Failed Bills (not passed in both House & Senate)

HB 1488: Relating to permission for a student to participate in extracurricular activities, cocurricular activities, and clubs.

Last Official Action: Passed in House (2/14), failed to pass in Senate (3/20)

SB 2301: Relating to the establishment of a child care stabilization program.

Last Official Action: Voted on House Floor 3/17, failed to pass (14 yeas, 78 nays)

SB 2237: Relating to child care income tax credits; and to provide an effective date.

Last Official Action: 3/17 Vote on House Floor, failed to pass (14 yeas, 78 nays)

Bills passed in both House & Senate

SB 2238: Relating to criminal history checks for early childhood services providers; and to provide for a legislative management study.

Last Official Action: Passed both Senate (2/17) and House (3/21)

HB 1521: Relating to alternative curriculum outside of a classroom.

Last Official Action: Passed in House (2/13) and Senate (3/15)

HB 1144: Relating to required training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect for public and nonpublic school teachers, administrators, and counselors, and early childhood services providers.

Last Official Action: Passed in House (1/30) and Senate (3/16)

SB 2182: Relating to the definition of early childhood services.

Last Official Action: Passed in Senate (2/9) and House (3/7)

SB 2084: Relating to child care assistance payments to providers.

Last Official Action: Passed in Senate (1/13) and House (3/7), signed by Governor (3/13)

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