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Millions in Child Care Grants Awarded Across South Dakota

March 26, 2024

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Today, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced multiple awardees of Governor Kristi Noem’s Investment Plan for Child Care.

“We are creating more child care options and openings across our state because of this funding,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “I am proud that we have been able to make these grants a reality and help child care professionals in South Dakota.”

Over 40 different entities across the state applied for this latest round of implementation grant funding with 13 awardees named, totaling over $3.7 million.

There are several types of projects that were awarded funding to expand the number of slots available in communities. These include projects aimed at improving the child care workforce, strengthening coalitions and partnerships to create after-school programs, and creating a business accelerator for potential owners.

These plans, along with the work of these communities, will retain over 595 current slots and will allow for over 2,460 new child care slots.

Recipients awarded:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
  • Burke Business Promotion Council
  • City of Highmore
  • Elevate Rapid City
  • Grow Spink, Inc., Redfield
  • Lake Area Improvement Corporation, Madison
  • McIntosh Community Daycare
  • Mobridge Economic Development Corporation
  • Murdo Development Corporation
  • Pierre Economic Development Corporation
  • Platte Development Corporation
  • Sioux Falls Development Corporation
  • Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company

“Sustainable partnerships among community leaders, local employers, and child care providers are a vital component to South Dakota’s efforts aimed at expanding its inventory of safe child care resources,” said Department of Social Services Cabinet Secretary Matt Althoff. “DSS is eager to work with the new providers that these investments help give rise to.”

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