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South Dakota High School Pathways
Starting in fall 2023, students in South Dakota will have the opportunity to work toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while pursuing a high school diploma. This program was designed to create a new pipeline of qualified educators who can help alleviate a staffing shortage in early education programs across the state. Students will participate in online or in-person coursework and complete at least 480 hours of supervised work in an early education program. A CDA credential typically costs about $800, but high school students will be able to obtain it for free. This program derives from recommendations generated by the Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative and is administered through a partnership between Educators Rising SD, the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Sanford CHILD Services, and the federal Department of Education Head Start Collaboration Office. Learn More: South Dakota High School Pathways Sources: Huber, M. (2023, July 12). South Dakota High School Course Trains Students to Become Child Care Workers. The 74. Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative. (2023). Community Childcare Initiative Final Report.
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    High school students complete coursework + supervised work experience to obtain a Child Development Associate credential at no cost
    Starting in fall 2023, students in South Dakota will have the opportunity to work toward a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential while pursuing a high school diploma. This program was designed to create a new pipeline of qualified educators who can help alleviate a staffing shortage in early education programs across the state. Students will participate in online or in-person coursework and complete at least 480 hours of supervised work in an early education program. A CDA credential typically costs about $800, but high school students will be able to obtain it for free. This program derives from recommendations generated by the Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative and is administered through a partnership between Educators Rising SD, the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Sanford CHILD Services, and the federal Department of Education Head Start Collaboration Office. Learn More: South Dakota High School Pathways Sources: Huber, M. (2023, July 12). South Dakota High School Course Trains Students to Become Child Care Workers. The 74. Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative. (2023). Community Childcare Initiative Final Report.
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    Demographics Data Scorecard

    State population

    909,824

    Rural %

    42.8%

    Urban %

    57.2%

    Number of children 0–4

    58,668

    Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

    35%

    Median family income among households with children

    $83,600.00

    Unemployment rate

    2.3%

    Unemployment rate of parents

    2%

    Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

    N/A, for most states between 65%-75%

    Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

    20%

    Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

    Race and Ethnicity

    • American Indian and Alaska Native (12%)
    • Asian (2%)
    • Black or African American (3%)
    • Hispanic or Latino (8%)
    • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (.5%)
    • Two or more races (5%)
    • White, not Hispanic or Latino (64%)
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    Early Childhood Education Programs

    Public Pre-K Program Name

    N/A Source: NIEER 2023

    Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

    N/A Source: NIEER 2023

    Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

    Programs

    • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (13%)
    • Other/None (87%)

    Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

    Programs

    • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (15%)
    • Other/None (85%)

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    2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

    Role

    • Child Care Workers
      $10.13 (2017, adjusted)
      $9.99 (2019)
    • Preschool Teachers
      $14.48 (2017, adjusted)
      $14.23 (2019)
    • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
      $27.93 (2017, adjusted)
      $27.20 (2019)

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    Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

    Funding Source

    • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($53.3)
    • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($21.2)
    • CCDBG State Match ($2.8)
    • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($135.3)
    • State-Funded Pre-K ($1)
    • MIECHV ($3.6)
    • IDEA Part C ($2.3)
    • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($.8)