Early Childhood Programs
The Sioux Falls School District believes that the early years of a child’s life are critical in their lifelong development. Research documents the importance of quality early childhood education in school achievement and higher graduation rates as well as later in life as higher wage earners and less criminal and social services involvement. The District’s early childhood services include:
Early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Center
Screenings are available at no cost to children birth to age five living in the Sioux Falls School District boundaries. Parents can learn more about their child’s overall development and learning. Screenings for infants and toddler happen in the home or other familiar environments. Day or evening appointments for preschool screenings, ages 3 to 5, are located at 1101 North Western Avenue or at local child care facilities if requested for multiple children. To make an appointment for a screening, please call 605-367-8488.
Infant and Toddler Services
Infant and toddler services are available to children birth to age three whom are determined to have a delay in their development through a multi-disciplinary evaluation. Services are provided in the home or natural setting as determined by the Individual Family Service Plan team.
Early Childhood Preschool Experiences
The Sioux Falls School District has quality early childhood experiences available for eligible children ages three through the time they enter Kindergarten. A research-based curriculum, High/Scope, actively engages children in developmentally appropriate activities to encourage language, social, cognitive, adaptive and motor development as outlined in the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines. Preschool experiences are planned by highly qualified staff and funded with dollars provided by federal and local initiatives such as Head Start, Title 1, and Special Education. By contacting the early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Office at 605-367-8488 and making an appointment for a screening, parents/guardians can learn if their child may be eligible for a preschool experience in the District.