Child Care Services provides assistance to low income families who need help with child care costs while parents work or attend school. They also provide oversight, technical assistance and support in promoting safe, healthy and caring environments for children through licensing, registration and quality improvement activities. The availability of quality child care is not only important for maintaining a strong workforce; it is vital for the growth and development of healthy children.
Child Care Services provides:
South Dakota Child Care Expansion & Startup Grants
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in March 2021, providing South Dakota with additional funds designed to create a stronger child care system and industry allowing parents equal access to high quality child care. Any individual or entity who plans to own a child care program and is working with the SD Department of Social Services to become a registered or licensed child care program is eligible to apply. Expansion & Startup Grants are based on program type, capacity, estimated expansion & startup costs related to health and safety purchases to meet licensing requirements, pre-operational equipment & supplies as well as estimated operating expenses for up to five months.
For more information on this grant opportunity, please visit https://sddss.force.com/ChildCareStartUps
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Child Care Stabilization Grant
Please review the ARPA Child Care Stabilization Grant Page for more information
Infant/Toddler Grant Opportunity:
The Department of Social Services,Child Care Services (CCS) provides grant opportunities focused on enhancing infant and toddler care environments.
Funding is intended to help with the purchase of high-quality items in supporting the development of infants and toddlers in your licensed child care program. This includes indoor and outdoor equipment or manipulatives such as child-size tables and chairs, safe places to crawl and climb; etc.
Grant awards are contingent upon available funding and whether the request meets the grant criteria, see attached suggestions. We encourage you to reach out to your regional Early Childhood Enrichment (ECE) office to assist with selection of items that optimize infant and toddler development within your program.
Required Documents for this Infant/Toddler Grant Application include: