South Dakota

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Child care licensing minimally requires a director to have a CDA and 20 clock hours of annual training.  Elementary principals must have a bachelor’s degree and pre-K certification is available; however neither pre-K content nor experience are required. South Dakota does not have a director credential, QRIS, or state pre-K program. There are no early childhood leadership degree programs or leadership academies.

Interesting Facts: South Dakota

  • There are 60 child care directors and 655 family child care providers in South Dakota.

  • The average salary of child care directors is $54,140 as opposed to that of elementary principals of $72,783.

  • South Dakota lacks key components (administrator credential, QRIS, and state pre-K program) for supporting a well-qualified early childhood leadership workforce.