CAPLP Child Care Connections

Early Childhood Professionals

Hello! We are the Bright and Early ND support team. We provide support, resources, and technical assistance to early childhood professionals—including caregivers, teachers, supervisors, directors, and administrators—to build capacity for continuous quality improvement.

CAPLP ND Early Child Care Educators

About Bright & Early ND

Bright & Early ND is North Dakota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. Bright & Early ND was developed to help early childhood programs offer high-quality care that supports each child's learning and development.

Bright & Early ND is designed to:  

  • Ensure that all children have high-quality early experiences that help them develop the skills they need to be successful in school, work, and life.
  • Support early childhood professionals to provide high-quality care by offering resources such as professional development opportunities, coaching, and financial supports.
  • Help families find high-quality early childhood programs that fit their needs by providing information about program quality.

    North Dakota Health & Human Services (HHS) administers Bright & Early ND as a key strategy for quality improvement under North Dakota law (NDCC 50-11.1).

Are you looking to enhance your environment or add new learning materials? Do you want recognition for a job well done? You’ve got it. You’ll have support every step of the way! For more information about participating in Bright & Early, please email or call 218-512-1502. Additional program details can be found at

Contact Us:
  • Phone (218) 512-1500
  • Fax: (844) 215-7287
  • Email
Walk-in Services:
  • 715 11th St. N. Suite 101
  • Moorhead, MN 56560
Mailing Address:
  • 891 Belsly Boulevard
    Moorhead, MN  56560
Wilkin County Office:

311 5th Street S.
Breckenridge, MN 56520
(218) 512-1500