Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins on February 1, 2023.

Junior Kindergarten is a free educational opportunity for families who have a student who is eligible to attend kindergarten based on age but do not believe their child is ready emotionally, socially, and/or academically for the rigor involved in a Kindergarten classroom.

Students must be 5 by September 1st of the current school year to participate in our SFSD Junior Kindergarten program. We have 3 locations with 2 programming options for enrollment.

There are 2 Models:

1. Half (1/2) day program

  • An academic classroom program at no cost.

2. Full day program

  • An academic classroom program and an extended enrichment program, provided by Jr. Kids Inc.

  • The half (1/2) day academic program is free, but there is a cost to enroll in Jr. Kids Inc.

Our Locations


Junior Kindergarten is a free program. Jr. Kids Inc. is an extended enrichment program that provides safe, quality care and embedded learning for children during school hours, opposite their Junior Kindergarten academic classroom program. The program is designed for children who will benefit from enrichment activities designed to prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for a full-day Kindergarten experience in groups with a maximum of 15 to 1 ratio. The rates are Bi-weekly and are per child.

Jr. Kids Inc. Rates

$100.00 Regular Rate – School Days Only (does NOT include Special Days*)

$122.00 Regular Rate – Full School Year Option (DOES include Special Days*)

*Special Days are held on specific No School Days when Kids Inc. is in session. More information is provided once you click on the Junior Kindergarten Application link.

Tuition Assistance

May be available to assist families and will be based on Household Size and Gross Monthly Income. Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.

Child Care Assistance (CCA)

We do work with the State of South Dakota, CCA Department, if you qualify for this assistance.

Jr. Kids Inc. does NOT include enrollment in the Kids Inc. Afterschool Program.

Breakfast and Lunch

Students can participate in the breakfast and lunch program.


Students are able to ride the bus if they are in the Susan B. Anthony or John F. Kennedy (south of 57th St.) attendance areas. There is no busing available for Harvey Dunn.

If your child meets the criteria, we would welcome them to one of our 3 Junior Kindergarten programs. Please contact Amanda Clausen with questions.

Amanda Clausen

Amanda Clausen

Elementary & Middle School Curriculum Clerical

✆ (605) 367-7943
✉ Email Amanda Clausen
➢ IPC – Curriculum

Heidi Kruse

Jr. Kids Inc. Office

✆ (605) 367-4424
✉ Email Kids Inc. Office
➢ IPC – Kids Inc.