Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Child Care Services

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The Division of 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.

The Division of Child Care Services provides:

  • Child care facility development in response to local community needs
  • Direct child care assistance payments for qualifying families
  • Training and technical assistance for child care and afterschool programs
  • Licensing and registration of child care and afterschool programs
  • An online listing of South Dakota's registered and licensed child care providers.

For child care provider, parent or consumer information, click HERE. 

State Plan Public Hearing – May 17, 2018

The Department of Social Services' Division of Child Care Services will hold a public hearing on the three-year State Plan for Child Care Services on May 17, 2018, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Central Time at 910 East Sioux Avenue, Pierre SD.  The hearing will also be available via webinar.  Interested parties may appear in person at the hearing site or via webinar.

To connect to the webinar: click here on the date/time of the hearing. 

To access the audio portion of the webinar: call toll-free 1.866.410.8397 and enter the code 5401699077

To access the draft plan: click here or you may contact Child Care Services at 1.800.227.3020 or 605.773.4766 to receive a copy.

The purpose of this hearing is to solicit comments on the proposed three-year plan for the administration of the Federal Child Care & Development Fund.  Provisions for direct child care services and for increasing availability, affordability and quality of child care in South Dakota will be addressed. 

Written comments can be sent to the Department of Social Services, Division of Child Care Services, 910 East Sioux Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-2291.  Written comments will be received at the address indicated above until May 31, 2018.

Notice is further given to individuals with disabilities that this hearing is being held in a physically accessible location.    



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