There are unlimited resources to help you learn about the importance of Early Learners.


You are not alone. Every day people turn to 211 for information and support – whether financial, family, health, or disaster-related. The call or text is free and confidential.

Parent Connection

Finding information or help in raising children with disabilities and special health care needs doesn't need to be difficult. That's where we can help by serving as a resource center for information, referrals and support. Resources are available at no charge to families of children with disabilities or special health care needs.

SD Statewide Family Engagement Center

SDSFEC unites students, families, schools, and communities together by focusing on learner needs from “cradle to career.” SFEC strives to ensure that all learners—especially English Language Learners (ELL), economically disadvantaged learners and minority students—have the support they need to achieve academic, career, and life goals.


Strengthening and supporting individuals and families by promoting cost-effective and comprehensive services in connection with our partners that foster independent and healthy families.

DOE/Step Ahead

This website is dedicated to kids. From the moment they're born, they're learning - through experiences, exploration, interactions and attention. How do we help them Step Ahead before they start kindergarten? By first educating ourselves. Throughout this site you'll find developmentally appropriate goals for children’s development and learning at each age level (infant, toddler and preschooler).You'll also find ideas for helping them reach their full potential at each stage. Research shows that children who experience quality care and education are better prepared for school and throughout their lives.

Head Start

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 50 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

Zero to Three

Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. This site includes developmental growth of children, early learning resources, parenting resources and public and advocacy resources.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment’s mission is to stop all maltreatment against South Dakota children in order to foster resilient families.


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) supports moms through monthly or bimonthly meetings and playdates. You can find the listings for our local groups at

Resources for Educators and Parents

Black Hills Reads

Black Hills Reads, an initiative of United Way Black Hills, helps to ensure children are proficient readers by the end of third grade. They have compiled activities for children centered around reading and learning.

SDPB Learners Connection

South Dakota Public Broadcasting has FREE educational resources for learners in preschool through high school, to help with at home learning.

PBS Kids Daily

Is your child’s school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS’ new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.

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