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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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Early Childhood Education

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Helping Kids Cope and Understand Disasters/Flooding

South Dakota and many of our neighboring states are experiencing flooding and natural disasters. How children experience traumatic events and how they express their lingering distress depends, in large part, on the children's age and level of development.

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Getting Kids Into Healthy Sleep Habits

It is important for children to get their recommended hours of sleep each night, but good sleep quality is also essential.

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Healthy After-School Snacks & Activities

As my girls need healthy after-school snacks, I am working on trying to have easy nutritious snacks to hold them over until dinnertime and have fun activities to keep them busy when they get home off the bus.

Young girl decorating two cans for saving and spending.

Teaching Children About Money

Children are not born with “money sense.” They learn about money by what they see, hear and experience

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Spending More Time With Your Child When Life is Busy!

Children need high-quality and truly “connected time” with their parents to feel supported and help develop those social and emotional skills that come with interactions and modeling.

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Child Education

Nationally, more than 60 percent of households are dual income, resulting in an increased need for early childhood education programming.

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Make Reading Aloud Fun And Routine

Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children.

Stacks of children's clothing ready for donation.

Cleaning Out Your Closets: Donate to kids to help build creativity

If you have things you are unsure what to do with and don’t want to just throw them away, think about contacting daycares, preschools, or churches to see if they could use some of the items for their play areas or to make toys/projects for their kids.

English muffin with cheese and egg on top. Courtesy: Midwest Dairy Association

Back to School With Breakfast!

Research supports a positive link between eating breakfast and cognitive and academic performance.

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Family Fun With Gardening

Gardening is a fun way to incorporate physical activity into your day, and is a great way to connect kids to where their food comes from!