Advocacy

The DSS invites the public to listening sessions on childcare

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is planning several opportunities for child care providers, community members, and families to give their input on how one-time funding for South Dakota’s child care system is spent.

Listening sessions will be held for child care providers and the general public in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, and Rapid City. Virtual sessions will also be available for those who are unable to attend in person.

Child Care Provider & Advocate Listening Sessions

These sessions are intended to have a focused conversation with the individuals who help operate the state’s child care system and learn about provider-specific needs. The target audience includes individuals from child care service providers, representatives from child care and early education associations, and state legislators.

General Public Listening Sessions

These sessions are designed for a much broader audience to learn about community experiences regarding current resources and needs and hear thoughts on what a better child care system could look like. The target audience includes any community member with a vested interest in child care (e.g., parents, caregivers).

DDS would like to invite you to register to join the child care community and advocates at one of the following listening sessions.

In-person and virtual sessions for child care providers and the advocate community will be held:

Monday, August 8, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Southeast Technical College, The HUB, 2001 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD

Wednesday, August 10, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Virtual Registration Link

Friday, August 12, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 1400 8th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, SD

Monday, August 15, 6-8 p.m. (MDT)

Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown – Convention Center, 505 N 5th St, Rapid City, SD

Click to register for an in-person provider listening session.

In-person and virtual sessions for families and community members will be held:

Tuesday, August 9, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Southeast Technical College, The HUB, 2001 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD

Thursday, August 11, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 1400 8th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, SD

Tuesday, August 16, 6-8 p.m. (MDT)

Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown – Convention Center, 505 N 5th St, Rapid City, SD

Monday, August 22, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Virtual Registration Link

Tuesday, August 23, 6-8 p.m. (CDT)

Virtual Registration Link

Click to register for an in-person family listening session

Please feel free to share this information with parents and others who may want to participate. Registration is highly encouraged to attend in-person sessions and required for the virtual sessions. Those who are unable to attend or who would like to share additional thoughts are welcome to complete this survey.

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