Be aware of changes to child nutrition programs
As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Program, there have been several changes to the state’s nutrition programs. Click here to see a complete list of all the changes to date.

Setting the standard for Service Learning
The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the board’s November meeting.

Next Generation Science Standards in the news
Last month, KSFY took an in-depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards. The story highlights South Dakota’s role in the process and gives an up-to-date look at where we are headed.

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Funds available for development of essential community facilities

If you are looking for funds to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas, which can include child nutrition areas in child care centers and schools, you’ll want to check out

The USDA’s Rural Development Community Facilities program provides loans and grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities and offers a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations, public bodies and tribal organizations to upgrade their community’s child nutrition facilities. Funds may also be used to purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally or regionally grown products. Facilities must be located in communities with a population of no more than 20,000.