Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Training and Education

The Division of Child Care partners with five Early Childhood Enrichment (ECE) programs across the state to deliver a variety of services focused on parents, child care and afterschool providers.  The ECE offices are located in Aberdeen, Brookings, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. The ECE statewide training system was established to meet the growing demand for early childhood and school-age training and to help recruit and retain quality child care providers across South Dakota. 

South Dakota’s ECE programs offer a systematic approach to providing early childhood and school-age education services and technical assistance.  Services are available to all child care and afterschool providers, parents and others involved in the day to day care of children and youth.

The five Early Childhood Enrichment (ECE) program sites provide the following services:

  • Classroom-style, online and on-site training including professional growth classes on issues such as child development, age-appropriate activities, effective guidance and program management.
  • A quality enhancement system that includes on-site technical assistance and coaching to help providers gain knowledge and put knowledge into practice.
  • Telephone consultations for early care and education professionals and parents.
  • Promoting the health, safety and development of young children in early childhood and out of school time programs.
  • Educating parents utilizing checklists and other resources to help families to make informed choices when selecting a child care program for their child.
  • Informing the community about child care issues.

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