Daycare License Requirements for South Dakota

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 years old and have a bachelor’s in fields of education or human development and at least 2 years experience in child care; or a bachelor’s in elementary education and at least 2 years experience in child care; or a bachelor’s in elementary education if working only with school-age children; or a bachelor’s in early childhood education; or and associate’s in early childhood development; or certification as a Child Development Associate; or certification in Montessori teacher training program and at least 1 year experience in a Montessori school or child care setting; or a child development technician diploma; or at least 5 years supervised experience in a child care center; or a prekindergarten teacher endorsement.

     

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Child Care Centers
    Infants(1:5)
    Toddlers (up to 3 years)(1:5)
    Preschool (3 – 6 years)(1:10)
    School age(1:15)
    Mixed age groupaccording to number in each group

     

    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:12)[with no more than 4 children under the age of 2 years and no more than 2 of those 4 can be under the age of 1; provider’s children under the age of 6 must be counted]

     

    Department of Social Services
    Child Care Services
    Kneip Building
    700 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501-2291
    Phone: 605-773-4766
    Fax: 605-773-7294
    Web site: http://www.state.sd.us/social/CCS/CCShome.htm

    Regulation family dare care homes

    http://legis.state.sd.us/rules/DisplayRule.aspx?Rule=67:42:03

    Regulating day care centers

    http://legis.state.sd.us/rules/DisplayRule.aspx?Rule=67:42:10

    South Dakota Child Care Associations:

    Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota

    South Dakota Association of Child Care Directors – SDACCD

    South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children – SDAEYC

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