BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Human Services is trying to make child care more accessible by offering several new grants.

The department says they will help keep current facilities running, provide funding for new ones, add needed technology and help add programs for children with disabilities.

The state hopes these will help curb the pandemic's effects on the child care system. NDDHR's early childhood division Director Kay Larson said this will bring a wave of relief.

"Providing this funding can really help to stabilize the operation of something that's very expensive, and we want to give working parents more options and encourage people to start programs," Larson said.

According to Larson, they'll be trying to provide even more child care relief later this fall by giving incentives to workers.