- Self-declared Provider: Care for 5 or fewer children or 3 infants in a home. These providers must meet some minimal standards, including a background check, basic health and safety training; are inspected prior to approval, and receive one monitoring visit per year. Self-declared providers are eligible to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program and the USDA Food Program. Individuals wishing to apply for a self-declaration should contact their county social service office.
- Approved Relatives: Care for 5 or fewer children or 3 infants; are also eligible to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program. By federal law, the "approved" relatives must be related by marriage, blood relationship or court order and include: grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles. A sibling who is 18 or older and who does not live in the same home as the children for whom care is being provided, can also become an approved relative. All adults livin in the home are checked against the "North Dakota Office of Attorney General, Convicted Sex Offenders and Offenders Against Children-Public List." Approved relative providers and adult household members receive a background check. These providers are not monitored.
- Registered Providers: are also eligible to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program; are generally registered by Tribal entities.