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Parent Resources

Car Seats

Early Childhood Connections is part of a State program to provide free car seats to families on any form of SD State assistance. Car seats can be requested from many program partners in the western counties of SD. For more information about acquiring a car seat from ECC or a program partner, call us at 

Parenting Classes

Early Childhood Connections offers a series of parenting classes called Understanding Me Up To Age Three. Series are scheduled on an ongoing basis. Call us at 605-342-6464 for series dates or to get registered.

Links to Other Family Resources

Finding Quality Care

DSS keeps an up-to-date list of all licensed childcare providers in South Dakota. You can use their website to search this list by county, zip code or provider type.

Child Safety Resource Page

According to the World Health Organization, 90% of child injuries are accidental, with the leading causes including drowning or car crashes. Dangerous situations can also occur in homes, driveways or online. ReviewLab has put together an excellent resource page for child safety topics, with links to expert articles and advice on tozens of topics. 

Child Development Milestones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together an excellent child development milestones checklist, including things to look for at different ages and stages of childhood. View their resource page here.

Types of Care in SD

There are four types of regulated and unrelated childcare programs. Find more information about them, and what it means to be regulated or unregulated on this DSS webpage.

Safe Sleep and Prevention of SIDS

Here is an excellent resource with information about safe sleep standards from Caring for our Children, 3rd Edition. These are the same standards that ECC uses when talking to childcare providers about sleeping infants.

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