Funding available to DSS-regulation child care programs

PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – The Department of Social Services (DSS) will use newly received federal funding to help support child care programs and the families they serve. The funding will help with the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DSS received $9 million in CARES Act funding to support child care programs with the continuation of child care services for the families they serve. The benefit is meant to be passed on to families while helping providers meet expenses at the same time.

“Many providers have seen their earnings decline due to changes in employment and school closures which led to more kids being absent from their programs,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “We understand the struggles providers are facing and will disburse the funds as quickly as possible.”

Payments to providers will be based on program size, efforts made to assist families, and account for children absent from program attendance.

The CARES Act funding is available to child care providers registered and licensed by the Department of Social Services. Providers will receive an email with the application for funding and will have 30 days to apply.