Gov Office announces Second Round of Child Care Funding

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) announced the second phase of Governor Kristi Noem’s Investment Plan for Child Care.


The implementation phase of the Community Based Child Care Grant program portion opens on February 15. This phase will provide funding for communities to implement innovative, strategic, and detailed plans that address their individual child care challenges.


This phase has a total of $1.87 million available. Applicants that were awarded a planning grant will be automatically considered for an implementation grant contingent on the quality of the plans they produced in the planning phase. Each grant awardee will be eligible for up to an additional $500,000 to achieve the plan they developed, though the maximum award may be greater dependent on the number of applicants.


Any child care facility that is impacted by this community based grant must be state-licensed, or have applied for and are working towards licensure.


In September, GOED and the Department of Social Services (DSS) announced the availability of $3 million in grant funding to expand child care opportunities throughout South Dakota communities. In November, GOED announced that 28 planning grants, totaling $1.13 million, had been awarded.


The deadline for this phase is February 29 at 5 p.m.

More information on this grant and examples of approved implementation expenses can be found at: