SD Early Childhood Enrichment launches new website for parents and professionals


The South Dakota Early Childhood Enrichment (ECE) System has launched a new website creating a centralized online location for early childhood resources, including training, education, and technical assistance.

“Early childhood and youth development professionals make a difference in the lives of the children and youth in their care every day,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill. “Having high-quality early childhood programs and services translates to positive child and youth development and a stronger social, educational and economic future for our state.

The DSS works in conjunction with the Early Childhood Enrichment System to meet the growing demand for early childhood and school-age training and to help recruit and retain quality child care providers. DSS and ECEs promote and support quality programs throughout the State of South Dakota.

“Specialized knowledge of how children develop and learn is essential for those working in early care and education and this is where South Dakota’s early childhood enrichment system really shines” , said Gill.

On the new site, parents and professionals can find a variety of training opportunities to meet licensing and registration requirements and to improve the quality of care. Many training courses are free and others are available for a $5 fee. ECEs also provide one-on-one technical assistance and coaching services at no cost to child care providers. The ECE system offers free relationship-based coaching, including on-site consultations for accredited and registered programs to work to improve the quality of their child care programs and promote optimal development. children in their care.

SD ECE works closely with the DSS Office of Licensing and Accreditation to identify trends in the childcare industry and partners to create potential solutions. He also collaborates with other community partners regarding child care issues in South Dakota and trends impacting families and children.

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