Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child.
The Child Care Resources can help with choosing quality child care:
- Personalized assistance on choosing quality care
- Referrals to local child care providers, including preschools, and school age programs
- Connections to resources providing financial assistance with the cost of child care
- Care options for nontraditional work schedules and children with special needs
Dial 211 to find child care and to find answers to these questions:
- How can I choose quality child care?
- How can I reach my local child care licensing office?
- How can I find out the licensing status of a particular child care facility?
- How can I get financial assistance for child care?
The guide contains information for recognizing quality child care and interviewing providers, as well as information about state and local registration requirements.
Interviewing a potential provider can seem intimidating. The interview will likely tell you whether the provider will be a good match for your family, so it is very important. The Helpline Center has created an interview sheet with a list of specific questions that you can bring with you when you meet the provider. The Helpline Center suggests bringing this form when meeting with potential providers.
Budgeting For Child Care
Finding affordable, accessible, high quality child care can be challenging. Care during non-traditional hours, part time care, and temporary care can be more expensive as well. For information on the average cost of child care in South Dakota, please refer the Helpline Center’s Child Care Guide or Click here for more information.
Is it cheaper for you to stay home than go back to work and pay child care costs? Child Care Aware’s Accessing Support for All Parents will help families look at factors involved in making decisions about child care. Click here for more information.
Military families may be eligible to receive free assistance for child care. Click here for more information, including eligibility requirements.
Meet Alex the Bear
Bringing your child to daycare for the first time, or entering a new daycare setting can be an overwhelming experience for both parent and child. This video will help prepare children for their new daycare experience.