About Us

 Our Mission

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.
Our Vision
​To be a positive voice, a powerful advocate and promoter of quality programs for children, families and communities.
SDHSA Purpose
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 South Dakota Head Start Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of one representative from each Member Program in the following categories: Director, Parent, Staff, and Friend.
The Board of Directors elects a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer to serve two year terms.
President           Steph Lebeda - Inter-Lakes CAP Head Start: PreBirth to Five
Vice President   Juli Schultz - North East South Dakota Head Start
Secretary           Marcus Bevier - TREC Badlands Head Start
Treasurer           Tami Hummel - South Central Child Development, Inc
Past President   Carmen Stewart - USD Head Start 
                      SDHSA Executive Directors 
Jasper Diegel                                 Katie Sieverding
Phone: (605) 929-8869                 Phone: (605) 280-1604
                   Email: sdhsa@sdheadstart.org