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Child Care Helpline

The Child Care Helpline is a child care resource and referral program serving Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties. The Child Care Helpline works with providers, parents, businesses, communities, and government leaders to make quality child care available to families.

For Parents

Search For Child Care

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. The Child Care Helpline can help with choosing quality child care:

  • Personalized assistance on choosing quality care
  • Referrals to local child care providers, including preschools, and school age programs
  • Connections to resources providing financial assistance with the cost of child care
  • Care options for nontraditional work schedules and children with special needs

Dial 211 for assistance from our Child Care Specialist!

Available Parent Resources

  • Child Care Guide The guide contains information for recognizing quality child care and interviewing providers, as well as information about state and local registration requirements.
  • Interview Form Interviewing a potential provider can seem intimidating. The interview will likely tell you whether the provider will be a good match for your family, so it is very important. The Helpline Center has created an interview sheet with a list of specific questions that you can bring with you when you meet the provider. The Helpline Center suggests bringing this form when meeting with potential providers.
  • South Dakota Parenting Resources Parenting is a journey with many questions. Fortunately, there many resources available for you along the way. Click here to learn more about what the state offers through the Department of Social Services, and to find easy access to information on developmental screenings, Head Start and Birth-to-3 programs.
  • HelpSheets Informational documents that provide a brief overview of a designated topic as well as the keywords to search in our online database.  We’ve published HelpSheets on a variety of topics, and two that are specifically geared towards childcare.
  • Preschool Booklet
  • 2020 Summer Child Care Booklet

For Providers

Join the Helpline Center Database

  • Joining the Child Care Helpline is a free and simple process. You can complete the Provider Intake Form, or you can contact the Child Care Coordinator by dialing 211 or emailing
  • After you have completed the process, the Child Care Resources Coordinator will enter your information into the database.
  • Once all documentation has been received, your name will be available to parents seeking referrals.

Already in the database, but need to update?

Click Here to Update your Provider Profile

*If you are an in-home provider within the City of Sioux Falls, you must be registered with the city to be listed in the Child Care Helpline.
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