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SDSU Extension Early Childhood Field Specialist Audrey Rider reading a book to a group of four children.

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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Spend Time Playing During Christmas Break!

This Christmas break, challenge yourself to take time to play with your child and be present with them. Remember that experiences, no matter how big or little, will be the memories you and your child will remember for years to come!

Daughter and happy mother join hands in heart shape.

Teaching Kids To Be Grateful

Research shows that gratitude plays a big part in our well-being, and recent studies show that the more gratitude you exhibit, the greater your protection from stress and depression over time. So how can we start teaching our children gratitude starting at birth?

Mother and young daughter wearing masks in an outdoor park.

Helping Kids Deal With Change

As we are all going through these times of change and uncertainty, remember to talk to your child or children in your care and don’t just avoid the behaviors.

A bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit.

Fuel for Back to School

With children returning to school, it is vital that they start the day off with a nutrient-dense meal to promote proper growth and health.

illustration of two hands reviewing terms inside an open book

Financial Terminology Refresher

You don’t have to be a finance whiz to understand basic financial terminology. Knowing the basics can help you interpret your own financial health and set goals for the future.

A child emptying a cup of fresh compost into a bed of soil.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Outdoor Activities

April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day. With the weather finally starting to turn into spring, this a great time to get kids outdoors and talk about science and do experiments.

Girl showing her mom activities on her tablet while taking a break from doing homework.

Learning at Home

What we are doing, is trying to navigate “distance learning” while still maintaining our normal lives/careers.

A box filled with sack lunches available for children to take home.

Food Resources in Your Community: Schools and Organizations Mobilize to Provide Food as a Response to COVID-19

The USDA has approved the serving of food in South Dakota at school sites and non-congregate settings while public schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Different communities throughout the state are using programs to provide meals to kids that may not have access to food while school is closed.

Three young girls weighing sugar on a kitchen scale.

Children Can Learn Math and Science in the Kitchen

Now is a great time to help your child learn and understand math and science while having a fun time. The kitchen is the perfect classroom.