Child Care

Level I: Introductory Informal Education

A person in this category would be operating an unregulated family child care program or someone just starting their career as a staff person in a child care center, school-age or Head Start program. 

Education and Training

  • High school diploma or GED,
  • Professional training (within the last year) that includes:
         1)  Current certificate in infant and child CPR (see glossary for definition),
    First Aid training,
         3)  Six hours of training selected from two or more of the Professional Training Areas.

Professional Commitment

  • Work directly with two or more unrelated children in an unregistered, registered or licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program.
  • Demonstration of professional leadership is encouraged.

Renewal Requirements (every three years)

  • Maintain infant and child CPR certification and First Aid training.
  • Complete a minimum of six hours of training annually covering two or more of the Professional Training Areas.
  • Obtain South Dakota child care or preschool registration; or work directly with children in a state-licensed child care, Head Start or school-age program.