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Programs
Special Education
Head Start

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

The Early Childhood Special Education Program provides an individualized approach to instruction for children birth to school age. The child must demonstrate a developmental delay or disability to be eligible.
Developmental skills are pre- and post-tested to show gains while in the program. The program stresses:

  1. Concrete, manipulative, and sensory teaching methodologies, including movement.
  2. Sequenced developmental approach to learning.
  3. Home visits to develop activities in the home routine to support learning.
  4. The belief that parents can help reinforce learning in the home and school, a parent/school partnership. 

The infant and toddler components are located at Central Services with all services to infant and toddlers delivered in their natural environment.
All Early Childhood Special Education locations provide for interdisciplinary team planning, interagency involvement as appropriate, transition activities to prepare for the next program needs and parent involvement activities. 

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.