skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Educators preserve, shape future with 'ALT NEW COLLEGE'; NY appeals court denies delay for Trump civil fraud trial; Michigan coalition gets cash influx to improve childcare.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A House Committee begins its first hearing in the Biden impeachment inquiry, members of Congress talk about the looming budget deadline and energy officials testify about the Maui wildfires.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

ND Rolls Out Incentives for Child-Care Workers

play audio
Play

Thursday, August 18, 2022   

North Dakota is looking at ways to stabilize its child-care workforce as parents struggle to find openings. Part of that involves a new initiative that offers incentives to staff at licensed centers in hopes of reducing turnover.

A recent report found that the average child-care worker in North Dakota is paid roughly $11 an hour - barely above poverty level for a family of three in a full-time scenario. The authors say that makes it harder for centers to stay open.

Kay Larson, director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services Early Childhood Division, said to counteract the problem, they're offering additional stipends to eligible workers.

"We know," said Larson, "that making consistent, stable care available for young children and families is so essential."

Stipends range from $150 to $600 per quarter. Incentives max out at $3,600 per person or when they reach 18 months of participation.

Last year, the Legislature allocated $17 million in federal COVID relief money to bolster child-care services, but some advocates said the state didn't go far enough. They argued that smaller investments will keep parents out of the workforce.

This year, the governor and other state leaders have had talks with providers on how to approach the issue during the 2023 legislation session.

Meanwhile, Larson reminded parents having trouble affording care to take advantage of recent changes to eligibility for aid.

"Right now," said Larson, "the North Dakota child-care assistance has waived the co-pays for families and increased eligibility to 85% of the state median income."

That means a family of three with a household income of just under $6,200 a month can now qualify. The previous threshold was just under $4,400.

As for the incentives program, Larson said they'll evaluate its impact on turnover, with the hopes of receiving more funding down the road.




get more stories like this via email
more stories
Michigan is among 20 states to receive a multiyear grant from the Pritzker Children's Initiative. (SneakyPeakPoints/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The coalition known as "Think Babies Michigan" has secured more than $36 million in funding to offer grants to child-care providers for infants and to…


Social Issues

play sound

Nearly 100 school board elections are coming up in Minnesota this fall, with some gaining attention because of the candidates who are running…

Social Issues

play sound

The so-called conservative "hostile takeover" of a small, progressive liberal arts college in Florida is seeing some resistance from former students …


Only 546 of the tenants in the the 5,563 eviction cases filed in Nebraska in the first half of 2023 were represented by legal counsel. (tab62/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

High rent prices are draining the budgets of many Nebraska renters, who are paying between 30% and 50% of their income on rent. In some parts of the …

Social Issues

play sound

As the federal government nears a shutdown over a budget impasse in Congress, Wisconsin offices that help low-income individuals worry they'll have …

Lewiston, Idaho, sits on the Snake River at the border with Washington. (Guy Sagi/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Indigenous leaders are traveling through the Northwest to highlight the plight of dwindling fish populations in the region. The All Our Relations …

Social Issues

play sound

Washington performs well in a new report scoring states' long-term care systems. The Evergreen State ranked second in AARP's Long-Term Services and …

Social Issues

play sound

A lack of housing options, mental-health challenges and a lack of connections and support have combined to drive an uptick in the number of foster …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021