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Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: South Dakota

How South Dakota is Helping to Keep the Lights on After School


Much More Work to Be Done

More Effort Necessary Despite Some Progress

Making Progress Yet Considerable Work Still to Be Done

Despite Unmet Need, Showing Great Progress

Leading State for Afterschool with Room to Grow

Methodological Note:

The 2011 State-by-State Progress Reports and Consumer Guides are sponsored by jcpenney. Scores for the Progress Reports were devised using a range of factors falling under three major categories: Growth in Afterschool Participation, Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding and Advance-ments in State Afterschool Leadership.Read more.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool in South Dakota

While there are a few key champions of afterschool in South Dakota, in recent years the state has lost ground in making afterschool opportunties available for youth. The state slipped in many key measures of afterschool success between 2004 and 2009. In addition, state leaders have not focused funding or resources on the availability of quality afterschool offerings. The good news is that the fortunate families who do have access to afterschool in South Dakota are extremely satisfied with the programs. The challenge for South Dakota is to bring that satisfaction to more children and families and ensure all children have access to quality afterschool.

Growth in Afterschool Participation

For more on afterschool availability in South Dakota check out South Dakota After 3PM.

South Dakota



Percentage of Kids in Afterschool Programs



Percentage of Kids in Self Care



Percentage of Parents Extremely/Somewhat Satisfied with Afterschool Program



Percentage of Kids Who Would Participate if an Afterschool Program were Available



Percentage of Kids in Summer Learning Programs



Based on the FY2011 funding level and an average per student cost of $1000, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) can serve 5,654 students in South Dakota. However, that is only a small fraction of the 40,173 kids in South Dakota who are eligible to participate in a 21st CCLC program, if more funding were available.

Developments in State Afterschool Policy and Funding

For an explanation of specific policy activities in South Dakota check out "State Policy and Funding" on the Afterschool in South Dakota webpage.

  • State Offices Administering 21st Century Community Learning Center and Child Care Development Fund Federal Grants
  • Current Law that Directly Supports Afterschool Programs
  • State Level Councils, Studies, Pilots or Legislative Activity Intended to Advance Afterschool
  • Current State Funding for Afterschool Programming
  • An Initiative Promoting Quality Afterschool Programming

"I have worked to secure funding for after school programs across our state because they represent one of the best ways to provide a solid foundation for our kids."

- Tim Johnson, U.S. Senate

Advancements in Afterschool Leadership

To see more partners leading the fight for afterschool in South Dakota check out Afterschool for All.

  • Governor Proclamation Supporting Lights On Afterschool in 2010
  • Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Governor's/State Agency Taskforce
  • A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Afterschool Caucus
  • A Member of the U.S. Senate in the Senate Afterschool Caucus

Afterschool Champions

  • Former Governor Bill Janklow
  • Loila Hunking, Former Childcare Services State Coordinator

State Network

South Dakota Afterschool Partnership
PO Box 2196
Sioux Falls, SD 57101

Afterschool Caucus Member(s):

Sen. Tim Johnson

Sen. John Thune

Consumer Guide: South Dakota

For many adults in America, thinking about the hours after the school day ends conjures up memories of doing homework, playing pick-up basketball, taking guitar or dance lessons or going home to Mom and a snack. But for millions of children today, those images are nothing like their reality. In fact, each day in America, more than 15 million children—some as young as 5 years old—are without supervision at home or on the streets.

The Afterschool Alliance has a host of resources that can help ensure that your child can enjoy the safe environment and proven academic and social gains that afterschool programs can afford.

What You Can Do to Support Afterschool in Your State:

Donate: The store's pennies from heaven campaign allows jcpenney shoppers to roundup their purchases to the nearest whole dollar, donating the difference to support afterschool efforts. In 2010, $47,986 was donated through jcpenney’s pennies from heaven campaign in South Dakota.

Join the Afterschool Alliance's Lights On Afterschool celebration. More than 40 programs in South Dakota participated in Lights On Afterschool in 2011. Check out Lights On Afterschool to find out how to become involved and see which programs are participating in your area.

Sign On: Currently, 38 people in South Dakota have signed the Afterschool Alliance petition to preserve funding for afterschool programs. Join them to promote afterschool for all.

Write to your Members of Congress and tell them why afterschool is a crucial resource to the children in your community.