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North Dakota

Association for the Education of Young Children, North Dakota
The North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an association of early childhood professionals working in North Dakota. Their mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and education of all young children.

Bridge to Benefits
North Dakota 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.

Child Protection Program, North Dakota
The purpose of the North Dakota 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.

Child Care Aware of North Dakota 
Child Care Aware of North Dakota provides a variety of services such helping families search for child care, building the knowledge and skills of child care providers, and partner with communities to address child care needs.

Family Voices of North Dakota
Family Voices of North Dakota (FVND) is a statewide health information and education center for families who have children with a special health need or disability. 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.

Head Start North Dakota
Coordinates the Head Start program in North Dakota. The program promotes school readiness for children from low income families and supports the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth to age five in both Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Department of Health, North Dakota

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.

Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota
Enforce all state statutes and federal regulations pertaining to the establishment and maintenance of public schools and related programs. They also supervise the ND Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and the State Library, operate the Department of Public Instruction efficiently and effectively, expand the delivery options that increase educational opportunities for all North Dakota citizens. Moreover, they evaluate and communicate educational policy and vision to all North Dakota residents and serve as an advocate for adequate financial resources to support public education.

March of Dimes North Dakota
March of Dimes is a national organization working to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The North Dakota chapter offers programs and services in communities across North Dakota to prevent premature birth and birth defects by educating moms and offering support to families in need.
PATH is a private, non-profit organization providing Treatment Foster Care and other behavioral health services, adoption, and family-based services. PATH services are provided throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho.

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.


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.

Parent Aware
Parent Aware helps families find high-quality health care in Minnesota. Parent Aware offers free tools and resources to help families make informed choices about high-quality care and education opportunities.

Research-based strategies

Listed below are proven, effective strategies linked to reports that provide data and information about how the strategies were implemented.

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.

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

Harvard Family Research Project
The Harvard Family Research Project helps stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities. They 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.

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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North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

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