The South Dakota Head Start Association was established in 1989 to :
Coordinate and conduct activities designed to enhance awareness of Head Start in South Dakota
Be a support link between local, regional and National Head Start program
Develop joint policy positions and statements which reflect a consensus of the opinions of Head Start Parents, Staff, Directors, and Friends
Establish communication, cooperation and an action network between Head Start Directors, Staff, Parents, and Friends within the State of South Dakota
Conduct training on a statewide basis for Head Start parents, Staff, Directors, and Friends
Coordinate efforts with other interested groups.
The SD Head Start Association's main programs include 1) A Dental Initiative which provides dental kits to every Head Start child in SD; 2) The South Dakota Early Childhood Education Conference which is an annual three-day training and networking opportunity for all persons involved or with an interest in early childhood, including parents, daycare, preschool, public schools, Head Start, and more; 3) SDHSA also sponsors the South Dakota Home Visiting Institute for home visitors from all programs and entities across the state. This 2-day conference provides training and networking opportunities; 4) SD Head Start Assn sponsors 12 or more networking sessions each year for all Head Start programs across the state, covering topics of need and interest and promoting research-based and best practices for early childhood education.
The South Dakota Head Start Association is a leading voice supporting the work of Head Start programs and their partners through education, advocacy, training, networking, and strengthening quality early childhood education and services to families.
To be a positive voice, a powerful advocate and promoter of quality programs for children, families and communities.
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