SD Head Start Assn     207 E Capitol Ave, Suite 207      Pierre, SD 57501     605-224-4161 

About Us

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 Purpose:
The South Dakota Head Start Association was established in 1989 to:

  • Coordinate and conduct activities designed to enhance awareness of Head Start in South Dakota
  • Be a support link between local, regional and National Head Start program
  • Develop joint policy positions and statements which reflect a consensus of the opinions of Head Start Parents, Staff, Directors, and Friends
  • Establish communication, cooperation and an action network between Head Start Directors, Staff, Parents, and Friends within the State of South Dakota
  • Conduct training on a statewide basis for Head Start parents, Staff, Directors, and Friends
  • Coordinate efforts with other interested groups.

The South Dakota Head Start Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of one representative from each Member Program in the following categories: Director, Parent, Staff, and Friend.

The Board of Directors elects a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer to serve two year terms.

President:   Steph Lebeda - Inter-Lakes CAP Head Start: PreBirth to Five

Vice President:  Vicki Lowry - Youth and Family Services Head Start

Secretary:  Marcus Bevier - TREC Badlands Head Start

Treasurer:  Sue Parrott - Sioux Falls Head Start

Past President:  Carmen Stewart - USD Head Start 

The South Dakota Head Start Association office is located in the St. Charles Building at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Euclid Ave.

SDHSA Executive Director

Kathy Cruse
207 E. Capital Ave (St. Charles Building)
Suite 207
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-224-4161
Fax: (605) 224-8813