Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 18, 2009

DSS offers assistance to home child care providers,
parents in Faulkton

PIERRE, S.D. The city of Faulkton will experience a shortage of child care providers at the end of September, when a child care facility caring for 18 children closes its doors. To help address the shortage, the Department of Social Services, which regulates registered and licensed child care providers, offers technical assistance and training for those interested in opening a home child care program.

Registered family child care providers may care for up to 12 children in their home, including any of their own children. To become registered, providers must declare their intent to provide family child care in their home and agree to comply with the standards established by the Department. There is no fee to become registered.

The Department offers one-on-one assistance through each step of the registration process, free training, on-site technical assistance and mentoring, and grant opportunities to cover some start-up costs and additional training.

In addition to offering provider assistance, the Department also helps parents find registered and licensed child care providers in their community, and offers two programs to help parents pay for child care. The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for child care while they work or attend school, while the Child Care Assistance Program for Dislocated Workers provides up to two months of free child care for parents who have recently lost their jobs, allowing them to focus on finding new employment.

For more information on becoming a registered provider, child care assistance programs, or for a list of registered and licensed providers in your community, contact the Department of Social Services’ Division of Child Care Services at 1-800-226-1033 or visit Child Care.