Causes: Arts & Culture
Mission: To increase child care providers' (home and center) and parents' knowledge of early childhood development to the extent necessary to enable them to promote the health, safety, and development of young children.
Programs: Early childhood connections provides training and support services to adults who care for young children in homes, child care centers, preschools, and head start programs. In 2014 early childhood connections impacted 703 individual child care providers through training or technical assistance . Early childhood connections held 448 classes from january 1 through december 31, 2014. Many participants attended more than one class.
the rapid city starting strong initiative seeks to provide a voluntary, community-based scholarship program to help 3-and 4-year old children in poverty access quality early education in partnership with qualified program providers of the parent's choice. The program received $345,919 in donations in 2014. $200,404 was used in 2014 for scholarships for early education.