What is Early Learner South Dakota?

Meet a few of my friends. Kathy from South Dakota Head Start, Kelsey from the Rapid City Mayor's office, Kayla from United Way of the Black Hills, Malcolm Chapman from the Chapman Group, and Janessa from the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children.

These are just a few of the statewide stakeholders who make up Early Learner South Dakota.

Taken from their website, here's a little more about what they're doing. This isn't universal pre-k. This isn't expansion of the school system. This is about quality early learning opportunities and resources for ALL children in ALL environments.

What you need to know about Early Learner SD

  1. What is it? Early Learner South Dakota is a community-driven, grass roots effort, led by SDAEYC, bringing awareness and support to the importance of how access to a variety of early learning environments impacts our community’s future.

  2. Where does early learning take place? Everywhere! In the home, classroom, friend’s home, religious organizations, on the ranch and playground!

  3. Who is an early learner? All children ages 0-8. A child in the home, preschool classroom, grandparent's house, foster home, places of worship, on the farm or ranch. Every child in our community is an Early Learner!

  4. Why? All children are the future of our community. They are the next generation of parents, workforce and leaders. Data is clear. Early access to quality learning for ALL children leads to healthier, thriving communities. Commitment to our future is rooted in community leadership, quality services that work for all young children and their families including backing local/state policies and creating safe and caring neighborhoods that support families.​

  5. Who is responsible for early learning? You! Everyone can support early learning and our future. How? First, be aware and informed. Then, invest time, knowledge, resources, perspectives, talent and skills.

  6. When? The time to support early learning is now. Find out how you can be involved by contacting: info@earlylearnersd.org

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