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.
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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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Grant funds available for after-school programs

The South Dakota Department of Education will be opening the application process for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) competitive grant program. 21st CCLC funds are to be used for programming that takes place outside of regular school hours. The competition is based on availability of federal funding and will be open by Jan. 1, 2012. Click here for more information.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Local programs help students meet standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs; and offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.