Department of Social Services

Child Care Services

This a comprehensive rewrite of the child care rules. The rules are more closely aligned with the federal child care requirements. Barriers to licensure for child care providers were removed. Administrative burdens to providers was reduced. Language overall was streamlined and clarified. Child care ratios were edited for five-year-old children for a licensed program, the number of infants a family day care provider can care for is increased by one. Form and style edits were incorporated throughout.

New content is added below as the draft rules move through the rule-making process.

Interim Rules Hearing
Important Dates
Public Hearing:
Comment Deadline:
Interim Rules Committee Hearing:
Filed-Secretary of State:
Rule Effective:
Agency Contact: Teresa Schulte mail to: DSSAdminRules@STATE.SD.US