State early childhood policy progress is dependent both on the state’s policy environment and the numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.
The policy climate in South Dakota for early childhood is challenging, but because South Dakotans have been unable to return to work due to lack of child care, the conversation is shifting. Several state departments have opened their doors to early childhood advocates.
Advocates worked to direct CARES Act funding to regulated child care providers. The state waived for a short time some requirements to maintain state benefits. Advocates also helped to pass a paid family leave bill inSouth Dakota.
The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.
Create a list or record of all unregulated, home-based child care providers as a first step to develop a system of support and communications that can connect this sector to resources, whether during an emergency or typical operations.
Increase public awareness of the importance of quality early learning experiences among parents, the general public, elected officials, and candidates for office.
Convene early childhood advocates at a Public Policy Forum during the legislative session.
Increase access to accurate data about the supply and demand of early care and education in the state, including the capacity to disaggregate by race and understand potential inequities in the system.