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USD Head Start Celebrates 40 Years

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Head Start program will celebrate 40 years with a Family Fun Day this Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Vermillion Armory. The free event open to the public is from 10 a.m - noon.

The 40th Anniversary Family Fun Day will celebrate the great resources available through early childhood education. Local community partner organizations and businesses will provide activities, games, crafts and snacks.

USD Head Start provides no-cost preschool and early childhood in-home education programming for families, including expecting mothers and children birth to age five. USD Head Start operates classrooms in Harrisburg, Tea, Dakota Valley (North Sioux City), Beresford, Elk Point, Canton, and Vermillion.

Families participating in Head Start receive comprehensive services including education, family support, nutrition, health, dental, and mental health. The University of South Dakota has sponsored the Head Start grant funded program for 40 years, serving Clay, Lincoln, Union and Turner counties in Southeast South Dakota.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News