Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Licensing and Registration Information

The Division of Child Care Services is committed to improving the quality, availability and affordability of child care in South Dakota. The Division helps parents, child care providers and others promote the importance of providing safe, healthy, and caring environments for children through the regulation and support of programs that provide care for children.

Types of Regulated Child Care Programs

There are four types of regulated child care. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of provider; the rules and regulations for becoming a regulated provider, as well as the process for monitoring and inspections and background checks. Contact information is also included to obtain additional information:  

  1. Registered family day care homes (up to 12 children in care)
  2. Licensed group family day care homes (from 13-20 children in care)
  3. Licensed day care centers (21 or more children in care)
  4. Licensed before and after school care (care of school age children)

Report a Concern  

  1. Concerns of non-compliance with licensing regulations: There are 10 licensing specialists that provide licensing coverage for each county in the state.  To report a concern about a regulated child care provider, click Report a Concern above, find the county where the provider lives and call the licensing specialist that covers that county.  
  2. Concerns of child abuse and neglect:  All suspicions or concerns related to the abuse or neglect of children in a child care program are to be reported to Child Protection Services at 1.877.244.0864 or your local law enforcement agency.

Child Care Data Includes data related to licensed for-profit and/or non-profit centers and before-and-after school programs as well as registered family child care homes.