For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
DSS Media Contact: Max Wetz, email@example.com, 605.773.3609 or Steve Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, 605.773.5465
Additional funding available for child care providers
PIERRE – Additional funding to support child care programs and the families they serve is being made available, according to the Department of Social Services (DSS).
“To help ensure child care services remain strong for South Dakota families, the Department of Social Services is investing additional funding in our providers,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “These funds will help sustain the programs that support our families and communities.”
The funds come from $25 million DSS received through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Payments to providers are based on program size and the number of children in attendance. The funding is available to child care providers registered and licensed by the Department of Social Services.
Providers who received funding earlier this summer are being notified directly of the opportunity and will have until September 24th to respond. Licensed or registered providers who did not apply when notified in June of the first funding opportunity will be given another chance to apply by the end of September.
The Department of Social Services provides assistance to low-income families who need help with child care costs while parents work or attend school. Additional information including an online application is available at dss.sd.gov/childcare/childcareassistance/apply or by calling Child Care Services at 1.800.227.3020.
DSS also provides oversight, technical assistance, and support in promoting safe, healthy, and caring environments for children through licensing, registration, and quality improvement activities. Information on state child care registration or licensing is available at dss.sd.gov/childcare/licensing or by calling a licensing representative from the Office of Licensing and Accreditation at 1.800.227.3020.