Early Learner Rapid City Overview:
A community’s understanding of and commitment to positive early learning environments is vital to its economic development and stability. Rapid City understands that it is in the community’s best interest to support all facets of early learning. The traditional preschool classroom model is not always the environment that parents or guardians choose to provide education to their child and, in fact, is becoming less so in recent years. Additionally, it is necessary for infants and children to have physical, social, and emotional development in addition to intellectual development. This includes families that choose home-schooling, grandparents, foster children, traditional preschool centers and the safe physical environment available for play and socialization in every community within Rapid City.
In Rapid City, we have chosen to follow the National League of Cities Early Learning Community Action Guide for our early learning work. This guide provides researched guidance on how to build a community that supports early learning in all facets of the community.
The convening, collaboration and facilitation of this community driven work is going to be the catalyst for the progress that this community makes regarding early learning. This is a systems change, grass-roots approach, which takes many years to accomplish.
The Leadership Team:
In order to help streamline our efforts in Rapid City, a leadership team was created. The leadership team looks not to prescribe goals and objectives but to allow those to grow organically from the subcommittee and statewide committee meetings. Collaboration and input from the constituents of early learning will reflect what the community wants, needs and feels is vital and will be the success of this project.
The Leadership team consists of the Rapid City Mayor’s office, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, SDAEYC, and Black Hills Reads/United Way of the Black Hills
Goals are guided by the National League of Cities Community Action Guide with the direction of the leadership team and other stakeholders.
Check out the links below to our quarterly updates where the NLC progress reports are listed.