Early Childhood Education
Birth to Three Program
Birth To 3 Connections works with other agencies to support families with children birth to three years of age, who may difficulty learning, growing or behaving like other children in their age group or have a medical condition, which doctors feel may need special attention. Birth To 3 Connections services are available to any family who has questions about the development of their infant or toddler or who have an interest in a no-cost developmental screening and/or evaluation. For more information about early intervention services for children birth to three years old in our area, call the Center for Disabilities at (605) 357-1439 or 1-800-658-3080 or visit their website at http://www.usd.edu/cd/birthto3/homepag.cfm.
Early Childhood Special Education (3 – 5 year olds)
A center-based early childhood program is provided for children who have been evaluated and identified as having developmental delays. Children attend four half-day sessions on Monday through Thursday. The program is based on developmentally appropriate practices, focusing on the individual needs of the child. The goal of the program is help all children learn and develop though positive peer interactions, multi sensory experiences, hands on explorations and play. Development screenings are held in September of each year as well as throughout the year upon request. For more information, please call the Special Services Office (605) 528-3217.