John T. Vucurevich Children's Center

Quality Child Care

Welcome to the USD Children's Center! We provide quality child care with a rich choice of activities and programming to not only the students, faculty, and staff of the university, but to the Vermillion community as well. The center is operated under the School of Education at the University of South Dakota.


Know Your Child is in Good Hands

The Children's Center is licensed through the Department of Social Services, State of South Dakota. All state licensing requirements are met.


Why Send Your Child to Our Facility?

  • We are licensed through the State of South Dakota
  • Ratios - Infants 3:1, Toddlers 5:1, Preschool 10:1
  • Staff members are certified in CPR & First Aid Trained
  • The center serves breakfast, lunch, snacks. We also accommodate special diet prescriptions and strive to accommodate parents' special dietary requests.
  • We serve 6 weeks old through 5 year old children
  • State-of-the-art playground with plenty of shade and grass
  • We offer a research based curriculum
  • We offer many opportunities for community involvement
  • The Center meets new crib safety standards


Feel free to view the breakfast, lunch and snack menu for February.
Check our our new Parent Partnership Program Meeting Information section.


Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Monday - Friday.


Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or to come and visit our facility.

Dawna Andersen, (
Children's Center Director