Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

Child Care Provider Search

Welcome! Use the search options below to search for registered or licensed child care providers in South Dakota communities. After making your selections, a provider list will generate.

If you would like information about choosing childcare, contact your local Early Childhood Enrichment Site or view the Child Care Aware website.

If you need additional information about a child care provider, please refer to the appropriate Licensing District.

If you are a child care provider and would like to update your days and hours of operation and/or availability, please use the Provider Portal.

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The Provider Number is a provider's License or Registration number and is located on the provider's Child Care License or Registration.
  

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    Family Child Care (capacity 1-12): South Dakota law defines a Family Child Care Home as one in which care is given on a regular basis for any part of a 24 hour day to 12 or less children from more than one unrelated family. This includes any children under the age of six who are living in the home. No more than four of the 12 children in a registered home may be under two years of age; and of those four children, no more than two may be under one year of age. Family child care is a service provided in the provider's home. Registration is a voluntary process where the applicants declare their intent to provide family child care and agree to comply with standards that have been established by the Department of Social Services. Registration is legally mandated when a provider receives compensation from public funds.
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    Group Family Child Care (capacity 13-20): South Dakota law defines a Group Family Child Care Home as a facility providing child care for a part of a day as a supplement to regular parental care for 13 to 20 children from more than one family, including the provider's own children who are under the age of six years. A group family child care home may be located in the provider's own home or in a separate facility. Group family child care homes are mandated by law to be licensed regardless of funding source.
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    Child Care Center (capacity 21 or more): South Dakota law defines a Child Care Center as a facility providing child care for a part of a 24-hour day to 21 or more children from one or more unrelated families, including the provider's own children under the age of six years, regardless of the source of income. A child care center may be located in the provider's own home or in a separate facilty. Child care centers are mandated by law to be licensed regardless of funding source. A child care center may be operated as a nonprofit organization or as an independent, proprietary facility.
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    Before and After School Program: Before and After School Care Centers provide care and supervision before and after school hours for children who are five years of age or older and enrolled in school. Programs serve only school-age children and may be providing care for either part of a day or full-time during school breaks and are required to become licensed regardless of the funding source or location of the program. The exemption to this requirement is if the after school program is providing educational or recreational activites for children who come and go at their own discretion.

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The posted information is provided as a public convenience only and is not intended to serve as a source of official information. Although Licensing attempts to ensure the accuracy of the information listed, the official records are those in the offices of Licensing. Licensing makes no warranty, either express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the data. Child Care Programs in pending status are not listed, and recent changes in a program's status may not be posted immediately. Persons wishing current, official information may refer to the appropriate Licensing District.