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South Central Child Development Inc., Head Start provides federally funded, comprehensive early learning services to qualifying families living in the following sixteen counties: Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lyman, McCook, Sanborn, Tripp, and Yankton.

We are accepting applications on a continual basis from families with children three years of age and up to age five (September 1, Kindergarten eligibility date).

Contact South Central Child Development, Inc. 1-877-384-3683 or email

Enrollment requirements for Early Head Start and Head Start services are based on:

  • The child’s age.
  • Family income in the last 12 months or proceeding calendar year.
  • Whether the family or child qualifies as homeless.
  • Whether the child is currently in foster or kinship care
  • The family receiving TANF, SSI or SNAP benefits
  • Disability status: Whether the child has an IEP/IFSP including those meeting IDEA Eligibility Criteria