South Dakota Head Start Association maintains partnerships and collaborations with groups having interests which match our Mission and Vision.  Our partners are concerned with the education and well-being of children and families in South Dakota.

South Dakota Department of Education - State Head Start Collaboration Office
     The SD DOE supports Early Childhood through the annual sponsorship of a keynote speaker at the SD Early Childhood Education Conference in April of each year.  This conference brings together daycare and preschool teacher, Head Start teachers, parents, administrators and others from across South Dakota for networking and professional development opportunities.
     The Head Start Collaboration Office (HSCO) is housed in the Department of Education and helps support networking opportunities and collaborations dealing with Early Childhood issues across the state.  The HSCO  coordinates the writing and revision of the SD Early Learning Guidelines.
South Dakota Department of Health - Bright Start Home Visiting Program
     The DOH Bright Start Home Visiting Program uses the Nurse Practitioner model to visit first time mothers and their baby to promote good health practice before and after birth.  SDHSA has completed contracts with Bright Start for Community Resource Assessments and the facilitation of Community Advisory Councils identifying and promoting collaborative work for children ages 0-5 and their families in five communities across the state.
     SDHSA has worked with the GPTCHB as a technical consultant for the development of and training for websites and social media presence of the First 1000 Days Interagency Forum.  
Delta Dental of South Dakota and South Dakota Dental Foundation 
      SDHSA receives an annual grant from Delta Dental of SD and the SDDF for the purchase and distribution of age-appropriate dental kits for every Head Start child in South Dakota.  This includes all Tribal and non-Tribal programs.  With this grant we are able to distribute over 8,700 kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, bag, educational information) to our kids.
      The SDHSA Executive Director also serves on the SD Oral Health Steering Committee. 
Partners Against Hunger - Feeding South Dakota
      Partners Against Hunger is a group which was formed to bring groups and associations from across the state together to help find solutions to fighting hunger in South Dakota.  PAH has held annual workshops with information on setting up and running feeding sites.  It also organizes an annual SD Hunger Summit at Dakota Wesleyan University.
     The SDHSA Executive Director is a member this group. 
Shriners Children's Hospital
     Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the family's ability to pay.  Generally care is provided until age 18, although in some cases it may be extended to age 21.  All care and services are provided in a family-centered environment.  
     SDHSA collaborates with Shriners Hospitals to distribute announcements for area screenings and connecting Head Start programs and Community Advisory Boards with information.