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Multiple South Dakota Communities Awarded Child Care Grants

November 21, 2023

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

“These grants will help parents expand their child care options,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Our kids and grandkids are our future. And we will always do all we can to support South Dakota families. I am proud that we are able to provide these families with even more resources.”

Twenty-eight planning grants have been awarded across the state, totaling $1.13 million for these entities. The funds will be used to expand child care opportunities across South Dakota through innovative strategies and detailed plans.

Applicant ideas included creating career pathways to improving child care workforce, creating coalitions and partnerships, offsetting costs, and creating a business accelerator for potential owners of child care centers.

“So many communities have reached out to us about the lack of child care. We wanted to help, and this program has been a step in the right direction,” said GOED Commissioner Chris Schilken. “This was a competitive grant, and we had a lot of applicants. We are excited to announce the recipients for the planning phase.”

Recipients awarded:

  • Aberdeen – Aberdeen Development Corporation
  • Brookings – Boys and Girls Club of Brookings
  • Burke – Burke Business Promotion Corporation
  • Clear Lake – Clear Lake Area Development
  • Custer – Custer Area Economic Development Corporation
  • DeSmet – DeSmet Development Corporation
  • Flandreau – Boys and Girls Club of Moody County
  • Freeman – Freeman Community Development Corporation
  • Gayville – Gayville Volin School District
  • Highmore – City of Highmore
  • Madison – Lake Area Improvement Corporation
  • Milbank – Grant County Development Corporation
  • Miller – On Hand Development Corporation
  • Mission – Rosebud Economic Development Corporation
  • Mobridge – Mobridge Economic Development Corporation
  • Murdo – Murdo Economic Development Corporation
  • Pierre – Pierre Economic Development Corporation
  • Platte – Platte Development Corporation
  • Rapid City – Elevate Rapid City
  • Rapid City – Kindred Spirits LLC
  • Redfield – Grow Spink, Inc.
  • Salem – Salem Economic Development Corporation
  • Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls Development Foundation
  • Spearfish – Spearfish Economic Development Corporation
  • Tabor – Sacred Heart School
  • Vermillion – Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company
  • Watertown – Watertown Development Corporation
  • Yankton – Yankton Thrive

Partner Relations Director Joe Fiala explained that the number of applications that came in show the true need of child care services.

“Organizations across all corners of the state reached out to us during this entire process. This solidifies our knowledge that we need more child care. We are looking forward to working with these 28 entities and helping families across the state,” said Fiala.

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