Making Christmas Merry!!
With an initial donation of educational toys from Lakeshore Learning, SDHSA is taking donations to provide educational toys for Head Start children across the state.

Head Start and Early Head Start serve over 5,000 children and their families each year. These families live in poverty, while many times working more than one job to make ends meet. Christmas is an especially hard time for the poor...still needing to meet financial responsibilities of rent, utilities, food, gas, etc, while wanting to have something under the tree for their children.
Won't you help to make their Holiday Season a little brighter?
DONATE HERE or visit our FACEBOOK PAGE to donate. Toys and their prices are listed. Help bring smiles to our children and families on Giving Tuesday, and the days leading up to Christmas.
Purchase Hard Copies of the new SD Early Learning Guidelines from SDHSA
$21 each 
call 605-224-4161 or email SDHSA 


Head Start is the nation’s leading investment in early childhood care and education, and promotes school readiness through the enhancement of social and cognitive development by providing education, health, nutrition, social, and family support services. Parents are respected as the primary educators and nurturers of their children and are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education and growth.  Learn about the History of Head Start

South Dakota Head Start programs are federally funded with no State funds appropriated for support. Programs are monitored intensively to assure quality and adherence to provisions of the Head Start Act. 20% of the total funding for Head Start programs must come from the community. 90% of children enrolled in Head Start must meet Federal Poverty guidelines. 10% of enrollment must be available to children with disabilities.

The dollar investment in Head Start programs has a high rate of return. For each dollar invested in Head Start, there is an economic gain of $7-$10. Some research suggests it could be as much as $17. This is realized in reduced expenses of grade retention, special education services, and a higher earning potential and economic success in adulthood, thus reducing dollars needed for welfare and the criminal justice system. 


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