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SD ECCS May 2023 Update

May 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. SD is one of 20 current ECCS Awardees. 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, 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

South Dakota Child Care Landscape: Licensed and Registered Programs

South Dakota Early Learners has launched map resources of South Dakota’s child care  opportunities in order to help policymakers to better understand the current supply of child care throughout the state. The maps also show Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Each map can be viewed from a statewide perspective or zoomed into the county and community level.

To explore the maps and learn more, see: https://www.earlylearnersd.org/licensed-and-registered-programs

For questions about the maps, contact Kayla Klein at [email protected]

Training Series: Empowering Children and How to Better Work with Children

USD Center for Disabilities and Department of Education are offering an Early Education Training opportunity for parents or any provider (medical, support services, early childhood) working with young children. The 4-day series by internationally-known early childhood expert, Denita Dinger, begins May 30th with two classes in person in Sioux Falls and two classes virtual. Registration of $30 includes access to all 4 trainings. Certification of contact hours will be issued.

For more information on each class and to register please visit the event page at https://Art_of_Empowering_Children.eventbrite.comIf you have any questions please reach out to Aimee Deliramich at [email protected] or Roxann Peterson at [email protected]

How to Include Family Voice in Your Work

Family Leadership Group members of SD Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems presented “How to Include Family Voice in Your Work” during the Collective Impact Action Summit at the end of April.

The session focused on how to engage and empower family leaders and why family voice is a critical component of systems change work. Family Leaders explained the purpose, structures, and activities of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Family Leadership Group while weaving in their personal experiences and feelings about their work. The ECCS Family Lead explained how the group was developed and how they are supported.

Presenters included:
Rochelle Holloway, ECCS Family Leadership; Bioethicist with Sanford Health
Amber Finnesand, ECCS Family Leadership
Darbi Hunt, ECCS Family Lead, Birth-5 Projects Manager with SD Statewide Family Engagement Center
Darla Biel, CPCM Interim Director and ECCS Lead

The presenters welcome additional opportunities to speak on this topic. To inquire, please contact Darbi Hunt at [email protected].

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.