Education and Early Childhood Development

Our philosophy of education is to meet the child or family at the point of their development and facilitate strategies to build on their goals to reach the next level.  Young children of all ages birth through 5 years, learn best and most naturally when they are allowed to play, discover, experiment and socialize with other children and adults.  

For each child, we consider interests, temperaments, language, cultural background, and learning style and use that to build on a developmentally appropriate program for individuals and classroom groups.  

The overall plan for each child and family is based on the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, the Badlands Head Start School Readiness Goals, and the SD Early Learning Guidelines.  This foundation develops the child's skills to lead to readiness for entering kindergarten.  School Readiness is an overall expectation of the Office of Head Start in all program elements and for all Head Start programs in the United States.

The Domains, or areas, that we cover on a daily and/or weekly basis are:  Social Emotional, Creative Arts Expression, Approaches to Learning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge and Skills, Logic and Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge and Skills, Science Knowledge and Skills, Social Knowledge and Skills, and Physical Development and Health.  Age appropriate mastery in all these areas will lead the child to a successful start in kindergarten and support the family in achieving its goals.

Policy Council
Employment Opportunities

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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