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Celebrating 25 Years of advocacy for Children and Families

Our Mission: 
The South Dakota Head Start Association is a leading voice supporting the work of
Head Start programs and their partners through education, advocacy, training, networking,
and strengthening quality early childhood education and services to families.

Our Vision: 
To be a positive voice, a powerful advocate and promoter of quality programs for children, families and communities.

SDHSA Community Resource Assessment Links
SDHSA CRA - Pine Ridge

SDHSA CRA - Spearfish/Belle Fourche

Head Start Scholarships and Awards
It's time to get your nominations in for all Head Start Scholarships and Awards.


  April 1 – May 31: local program submit nominations to NHSA
June 1 – June 30: State Affiliates review and make recommendations to NHSA
July 1 – July 31: Regional Affiliates review and make recommendations to NHSA
August 1 – September 30: National panel of judges select winners
October 14: 2014 – 2015 Winners announced
April, 2015: NHSA Scholarships and Awards Dinner and Ceremony at NHSA's Annual Head Start Conference 


What's in the CCDBG Bill?
  from "Taking Root"  North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation

On March 13, the U.S. Senate passed the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). It’s on to the House of Representatives! It’s quite an accomplishment.

The last time CCDBG was updated, today’s high school seniors weren’t born, Mother Theresa and Princess Diana were alive and Pokemon didn’t exist.

The bill, The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013, was first introduced in June 2013 by North Carolina’s Senator Richard Burr (R-N) and his colleagues Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

The CCDBG Grant provides funding to assist working poor families in affording child care. The reauthorization recognizes the importance of high quality early care environments and includes an emphasis on:

  • Improving quality. States must set aside three percent of funding to expand access and improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.
  • Addressing nutritional and physical activity needs. Quality funds may support the development of guidelines relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity and development for young kids.
  • Providing consistent care for children. Children who initially qualify for a subsidy get care for at least a year.
  • Keeping children safe. Individuals who provide care for children with the support of CCDBG funding must undergo a background check.

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 It's Time to Register!

April 24-27, 2014
Sioux Falls Convention Center
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