9:30 AM to 10:00 AM – Organizations arrive to set up booths
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Booths are set up in Rotunda of Capitol. Participants are encouraged to watch legislative committees and session throughout the day; however, be mindful that a staffed booth will draw more visitors.
Noon – Mary Beth Holzwarth will speak briefly about her personal story of resiliency and her advocacy as a SD ACEs and Resiliency Trainer. Lunch will be served immediately following. Lunch is FREE and open to the public.
4:30 PM – Attendees of Children’s Day is invited, along with the general public, to attend a FREE screening of the film RESILIENCE, a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We2BqmjHN0k
Children’s Day FAQs
What is the purpose of Children’s Day at the Capitol?
To use grassroots advocacy to educate legislators, lobbyists and the public on issues concerning child welfare in South Dakota. Children’s Day at the Capitol is providing a specific time for you to join your colleagues and cohorts in educating our state’s legislators. By joining together, participants may reach a larger group of people while minimizing costs and resources for individual organizations.
Who is hosting Children’s Day at the Capitol?
The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) is proud to partner with the following sponsors on this year’s event:
- Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota,
- Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, and
- Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center at Sanford.
What to expect.
Dress – It is appropriate to wear business attire during your visit to the Capitol. You may also want to wear clothing items that represent your organization, such as a jacket, pin or vest with your organization’s logo. We are encouraging participants to wear royal blue, which represents child abuse awareness.
Parking – Parking is at a premium around the Capitol. There is a large parking area on the north side of the Capitol, but it fills up quickly. You are likely to end up parking along one of the side streets and walking a few blocks to the Capitol.
Inside the Capitol – The Legislature does its work on the third and fourth floors of the Capitol. Most of the committee rooms and the chamber galleries are located on the fourth floor. The House and Senate Chambers and the Legislative Research Council office are located on the third floor. Several stairways and elevators are available for your use. The rotunda of the Capitol is on the second floor.
Booth Set-Up – 12 tables will be located in the Capitol rotunda for booths. Each organization that reserved a booth will have a 6-foot table and two chairs provided. Common table displays include a table cloth or organizational cloth to cover the table, handouts with information about your organization, posters or other large presentation materials, and organizational advertising information or swag to hand out. Displays or exhibits must be self-supporting and may not be leaned against or attached to any part of the building. Table displays that are interactive or provide information for a person to take with them tend to be more popular. If you need electricity for your table display, please let CPCM know immediately.
Visitors – Legislators, lobbyists, government employees and members of the public are free to walk through the Capitol rotunda and view the booths/table displays. This is a come and go event, with high traffic times occurring between legislative committee meetings and over the lunch hour. Expect for approximately 250 people to walk by throughout the day.
Lunch – Lunch will be catered into the rotunda, following the Capitol’s rules for serving meals during legislative session. The lunch will be served buffet style, in a casual atmosphere. The lunch is available for legislators, lobbyists, government employees and members of the public. Approximately 300 people are expected for the lunch over the noon hour. Note: There is very little seating in the rotunda of the Capitol. A few chairs will be available but many individuals eat while standing or take their food to their desks.
Program – A short program will occur at 12:00 PM for anyone present at that time. The program will include a speaker and a thank you to those participating in Children’s Day at the Capitol.