Head Start

Looking for more information about our Early Childhood programs, or want to make an appointment for Head Start/Preschool, please fill out this form and we will contact you.

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 offers programs for eligible children ages 3 through the time they enter Kindergarten. The Early Childhood Program is free for qualified families. By contacting the early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Office and making an appointment for a screening, parents/guardians can learn if their child may be eligible for a preschool experience in the District.

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.

Early Childhood Screening and Evaluation Center

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.

Located at these Elementary Schools:

  • Anne Sullivan
  • Cleveland
  • Garfield
  • Harvey Dunn
  • Hawthorne
  • Hayward
  • Laura B. Anderson
  • Lowell
  • R. F. Pettigrew
  • Terry Redlin

Students must be 5 by September 1st to participate and have the option of attending the morning or afternoon sessions. For enrollment information please contact the school that you would like to attend:

Susan B. Anthony: (605) 367-4560

Harvey Dunn: (605) 371-4120

John F. Kennedy: (605) 362-2784

There are 2 Models:

1. Half (1/2) day program

Which consists of an academic classroom program and there is no cost.

2. Full day program

Which consists of an academic classroom program and an extended enrichment program, provided by Junior Kids Inc. The half (1/2) day academic program is free.

The Junior Kids Inc.'s cost is based on your lunch status with Child Nutrition through the Sioux Falls School District.
The rates covers (1) week of Junior Kids Inc. and is per child. *Proof of eligibility is required.

    • Regular Lunch Rate: $30.00
    • Reduced Lunch Rate: $15.00 *
    • Free Lunch Rate: $5.00 *

Hours

  • Morning Session: 8:00am to 10:45am
  • Afternoon Session: 12:00pm to 2:45pm

Harvey Dunn offers the half (1/2) program.

  • Morning or afternoon.
  • No Junior Kids Inc. offered.

Susan B. Anthony offers BOTH full and half (1/2) day programs.

  • Morning or afternoon.
  • Option to add Junior Kids Inc. for the opposite part of the day.

John F. Kennedy offers BOTH full and half (1/2) day programs.

  • Morning or afternoon.
  • Option to add Junior Kids Inc. for the opposite part of the day.

Busing

Students will be able to ride the bus, if they are in the Susan B. Anthony or John F. Kennedy attendance area. Harvey Dunn does not have busing.

Breakfast and Lunch

Students can participate in the breakfast and lunch program