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Find initiatives and collaborations addressing the needs of young children and learn about proven strategies for action.

Initiatives and Collaborations

North Dakota

Afterschool Network North Dakota
On behalf of school-age youth, the N.D. Afterschool Network supports and advocates for high-quality, out-of-school-time programming, resources and services.

Bridge to Benefits
Bridge to Benefits is focused on improving the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to pubic work support programs and tax credits.

CAWS North Dakota
CAWS North Dakota is the statewide sexual and domestic violence coalition. They focus their energy and resources on connecting victims of sexual and domestic violence to services in their communities.

CHARISM, a non-profit organization, serves as a center in the McCormick Park neighborhood in Fargo, North Dakota to provide outreach programs to underserved and at-risk youth in the community.  Through both school year and year round programs, CHARISM connects neighborhood youth and families to its camps, academic enrichment activities, community garden, and grocery assistance program.

Child Care Aware of North Dakota
Child Care Aware of North Dakota is helping families search for child care, building the knowledge and skills of early childhood professionals and helping communities assess and respond to their child care needs. Child Care Aware® services are delivered by two agencies, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc., in eastern North Dakota and Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota. Child Care Aware® of North Dakota maintains offices in Bismarck, Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Minot.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It features data and resources on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Includes child welfare-related laws and policies, adoption agencies, support groups, and other information for each state.

Community Violence Intervention Center
The CVIC offers a holistic approach to violence that provides long-term safety net for those impacted by violence and proactive prevention efforts through education, treatment, and collaborative work for peace involving the entire community.

Department of Career and Technical Education
The State Board for Career and Technical Education, as North Dakota's public workforce education and training delivery system, is committed to providing career awareness, work readiness skills, occupational preparation, and retraining of workers throughout the state. Career and technical education will span all educational levels, providing youth with exploration opportunities and the foundation skills needed to enter the world of work while providing adults with skills needed to enter, re-enter, or advance in the workforce.

Family Voices of North Dakota
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. This site provides tools for families to make informed decisions and advocates for improved public and private policies.

Fraser Ltd.
Fraser Ltd., is a non-profit organization in North Dakota that provides services and resources aimed at empowering children, youth, and adults to live independently. Services include residential services, independent living supports, and day support services for people with disabilities.

Gateway to Science
Gateway to Science began as the vision of community volunteers passionate about bringing informal science learning opportunities to people of all ages in North Dakota. Gateway to Science offers fun, cool and awesome science programs for students in grades 1-8.

North Dakota Child Protection Program, ND Department of Human Services
The purpose of the Child Protection Program is to protect the health and welfare of children by encouraging the reporting of children who are known to be or suspected of being abused or neglected, provide adequate services for the protection and treatment of abused and neglected children, and identify the cause/circumstances of children’s deaths and recommend policy, practice, and law changes to prevent those deaths.

North Dakota Department of Health

  • Family Health
    The Division of Family Health administers state and federal programs designed to improve the health of North Dakota families. The division provides funding, technical assistance, training, needs assessment, educational materials and other resources to local public health units, schools and other public and private entities that offer health services in North Dakota communities.
  • Children’s Special Health Services
    The Division of Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) is part of the North Dakota Department of Health and provides services for children with special health care needs and their families.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) partners with schools and communities to provide a statewide system of excellent service and support to ensure a healthy school environment that fosters student success.
Among programs and services:

  • English Language Learner Programs, Title III Information, State ELL Program, ELP Standards & Assessments, Refugee Grant (STEEP), Guidance Materials, Resources.
  • Native American Education
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Education

North Dakota Prevention Resource & Media Center
The North Dakota Prevention Resource & Media Center promotes behavioral health and substance abuse prevention.  The center currently focuses on data-driven initiatives regarding underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse, and mental health.  Additionally, the organization offers several free services and materials to individuals in North Dakota Communities and provides support for prevention professionals.

North Dakota Youth
This website was designed by a large group of youth from North Dakota's Youth Leadership Independent Living Board. These young people researched and collectively gathered the information that is here for you to view. This site is dedicated to all the youth of North Dakota and was created especially for youth who are involved in foster care, juvenile justice and mental health systems.

Parents LEAD
ParentsLEAD is a program designed to help parents talk to their children about underage drinking. Tips for starting the conversation, handling questions from children and suggestions for effective prevention measures at each developmental stage are included.

PATH is a private, non-profit organization providing Treatment Foster Care and other behavioral health services, adoption, and family-based services.

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, particularly in North Dakota. They advocate for a continuum of services and access to those services as well as deliver evidence-based strategies that enable communities to provide for children and families.

Youth Works helps at-risk youth and runaways. They provide services to youth and their families to meet goals for strong, health relationships. They have offices in Fargo and Bismarck and serve the surrounding counties.


America's Promise
Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of 400+ corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children.

American Sexual Health Association
The American Sexual Health Association is a trusted source of reliable information on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases/infections.

Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America offers child care and parenting information and resources to families; collects, analyzes, and reports current child care data and research; promotes national policies and partnerships that facilitate universal access to high quality child care.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It features data and resources on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption. Includes child welfare-related laws and policies, adoption agencies, support groups, and other information for each state.

Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health for all people worldwide.

Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

SIECUS- the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States- was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.

Spark Action
SparkAction is a collaborative journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action by and for young people. Brings together the latest news, research, trends and stories from across the child and youth field to inform and encourage action on the issues that matter most.

Evidence Based Strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area. Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Afterschool Alliance Reports
Provides a comprehensive look at afterschool developments and research and includes a variety of reports that present evaluation data on afterschool, recent afterschool developments, and research on how states and afterschool programs are dealing with tough budget times.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia
Presents reviews of research-proven education programs in math, reading, science, early childhood, and comprehensive school reform. From Johns Hopkins University's Center for Research and Reform in Education.

The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews
Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions on education, crime and justice, and social welfare.

DATA.GOV Educational Resources
Learning to understand and analyze data is a key step in becoming a critical thinker. For our nation’s youth to reach their full potential, they need tools, resources, and opportunities. Here at, they create the opportunities for learning, challenges for innovation, and resources for exploring the nation and the world.

Developmental Assets: Search Institute
The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the U.S. Recent research has also explored Family Assets. The American Family Assets Study introduces a new framework of Family Assets—relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values that help families thrive. These assets are associated with positive outcomes for young teens and their parenting adults, explaining more of the differences in outcomes than many demographics and other individual and family characteristics explain.

Evidence-based programs that prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

The Future of Children
The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. The mission of the Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS)
It organizes the programs by population, outcome and approach.

Harvard Family Research Project
Since 1983, we have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. We work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of our work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Searchable registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Partnership for Results
The Partnership for Results is an innovative quasi-governmental entity dedicated to promoting the positive social, emotional, and educational development of youth and their families. Under Programs you can find school-based and after school programs for children and families.

Promising Practices Network
Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Social Programs that Work
Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

What Works Clearinghouse
Central source for identifying education programs that work. From the Institute of Education Sciences.

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