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Youth Center

Since 1999, Volunteers of America, Dakotas has been removing barriers to provide afterschool and academic supports, character building, and well-being to children in our community.  

Youth Center space includes:

  • Fully licensed as afterschool programming
  • 1:15 staff to child ratio
  • Updated kitchen and dining room
  • Game and craft room
  • Library
  • Computer lab with 10 individual workstations
  • Herb and Esther Bowden Gymnasium, a full-size gym with a stage
  • Fenced outdoor green space to include a playground, basketball court, and community gardens.
  • Transportation to and from the Youth Center location is available. 

 

Program Hours 

Monday - Friday (school year hours): 3 PM - 9 PM
Monday - Friday (Summer hours): Noon - 6 PM

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Child Care Center

Volunteers of America, Dakotas - Child Care Center offers programs to promote the healthy development of children and their families. We offer a balanced day of enriched learning experiences to enhance the social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth of a child.

We have a team of highly qualified teachers where lead teaching staff have obtained a BS, AA or CDA degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Our caring staff provide a safe, secure, and stimulating environment appropriate to meet the developmental needs of the children enrolled. We utilize High Reach curriculum that incorporates experiences that permit learning through guided play and active discovery. It also fosters self-confidence, academic readiness, social and emotional development as well as cultural awareness. From the curriculum, we incorporate assessments and developmental checklists that help us meet the needs of each child and share this information at our parent/teacher conferences twice a year. The High Reach curriculum is aligned with Head Start standards and with the SD Early Learning Guidelines.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas operates a child care center in the Sioux Falls Metro Area with different eligibility guidelines. 

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Look Up and Hope

Volunteers of America, Dakotas is one the only programs in the nation that works with mothers in prison, their children, and the children's caregiver to break cycles of poverty and incarceration and to change the future for these families. Look Up and Hope is a national initiative started by Volunteers of America aimed at strengthening families who have been disrupted by the incarceration of mothers. Volunteers of America saw that mothers were the fastest-growing segment of the prison population and that there were very few programs tailored to their complex needs.

We provide counseling and case management for the families, as well as assistance in finding housing, education, food, employment, and transportation to enable families to become healthier, self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.

Each member of the family also has coaching to help them to overcome their challenges and reach their full potential, as well as to help the family function in positive and productive ways. These services are specifically designed to lend continuity with the goal of emotionally healthy children and a stable family life.

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Kidz Count

Kidz Count offers at-risk children from Terry Redlin Elementary School a safe, structured, and loving after school environment.  It is operated in a partnership between Wesley Neighborhood Outreach and Volunteers of America, Dakotas, and located at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD.

While at Kidz Count, students experience a secure, nurturing setting where they can play, create arts and crafts, read, work on homework, and spend time in the computer lab. Each student receives one snack and one meal while at the program.  Kidz Count operates Monday through Friday and serves kindergarten through 5th grade students daily.

Enrollment requests come through Terry Redlin Elementary School, and the staff there make enrollment decisions based on the needs of the child, family, and Kidz Count Guidelines. Support from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant ensures consistent, professional staff who work hard to create an environment where students achieve their full potential.