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SD ECCS April 2023 Update

April 2023 SD Early Childhood Comprehensive System Update

Join the Statewide Efforts to Ensure and Strong Start for Children

The SD Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant is 5-year federal grant from HRSA held for South Dakota by the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) at the USD School of Health Sciences. CPCM is working with several state and community agencies on this grant that aims to increase collaboration and effectiveness of state and community-level systems serving families and young children, especially those up to 3 years-old.

Together, we can ensure a stronger start for South Dakota’s children, and, by doing so, decrease risk factors for ACEs and increase protective factors that contribute to child-wellbeing and safety. Learn more and sign up for updates at SDCPCM.com/ECCS

Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Opportunities for Early Childhood Programs

This webinar if from a BUILD Initiative series title “Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families.” The objectives are to learn about how the FFPSA is being used nationally to expand Home Visiting programs, and to take a focused “on the ground” look at how Illinois expanded Home Visiting under FFPSA.


Child Abuse Prevention Month Learning Opportunities

Preventing Child Maltreatment through Parent Training

April 17-22: Available to view for a limited time at SDCPCM.com

During the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, CPCM is opening access to view 2022 Community Response to Child Abuse Conference Sessions! This is an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the conference to access these valuable training sessions.

Common parenting patterns of parents who physically abuse their children will be discussed, which include inconsistent responses to their child’s behavior, developmentally-inappropriate expectations of the child, ineffective strategies at managing their child’s behaviors, and escalating emotional reactions to the child. Pathways from parental frustration to abusive behaviors will be explained. The audience will learn specific strategies that can be taught to parents to reduce the likelihood of physical abuse and to strengthen the parent-child relationship. An evidence-based parent-training intervention, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, will be described.

Partner Opportunity: Early Childhood Enrichment – Sanford Health CHILD Services

April 22: Saturday Spectacular – three classes for childcare providers: Physical Abuse 101, Grooming 101, and Sexual Abuse 10. Hybrid classes at the Schroeder Auditorium and online. Registration is required by calling the Sanford Children’s CHILD Services at 605-312-8390 or 800-235-5923.

Research into Public Investments that Ensure a Strong Start

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, located at Vanderbilt University, recently released five  State Policy Lever Checklists to help state leaders produce positive outcomes for young children, their families, and society.

•    Medicaid Expansion
•    Reduced Administrative Burden for SNAP
•    Paid Family Leave
•    State Minimum Wage
•    State Earned Income Tax Credit

The five “State Policy Lever Checklists” lay out the various components state leaders can consider when developing these policies, from eligibility requirements to generosity of benefits, administration, and funding mechanisms.

Learn the Signs, Act Early Milestones App

Please share information with parents about the updated LTSAE Milestones App. Building the parents’ understanding of expected states of child development can increase protection against child maltreatment, while also giving parents concrete and fun ways to build their child’s skills.


For more information on LTSAE printed materials available in South Dakota, please reach out to our state’s Act Early Ambassador, Lisa Sanderson at [email protected] and mention that you hear about it in this newsletter.

Share your news!

If you are working collaboratively across sectors to ensure a strong start for South Dakota’s children, especially prenatally up to age 3yo, please send your updates to [email protected]. We’d love to learn more and help raise awareness of your efforts and successes.