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Early Childhood Education

Laurie Matzke
State Title I Director
Phone: (701) 328-2284
Fax: (701) 328-0203


Tara Bitz
Assistant Director, Title I
Phone: (701) 328-4646
Fax: (701) 328-0203

The state Title I office has developed this webpage to provide schools, districts, and other interested parties with guidance on the topic of early childhood education as well as to provide resources on the topic. Providing high-quality early childhood experiences can help ensure that children have the foundation to meet academic standards and experience success throughout their education process. Several studies demonstrate the powerful effects of high-quality early childhood programs on children’s later academic success.

Title I Preschool Programming

Early Childhood Education Grants

Gearing Up for Kindergarten

During the 62nd (2011) North Dakota Legislative Session, SB 2150 included funding to expand the Gearing Up for Kindergarten program in North Dakota. This program was developed by the NDSU Extension Service in cooperation with Parent Resource Centers across the state in order to assist parents and their 4 year old children in preparing for their transition to kindergarten. Below is information regarding the Gearing Up for Kindergarten program.

Other Early Childhood Education Initiatives

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Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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