Reminder! If your child(ren) are participating in the Travel into Summer Reading Program, once your child has completed the 10 travel destination reading activities, submit their final sheet and send it in!
(Final sheets can be mailed to SD Parent Connection, 3701 W. 49th St., Suite 102, Sioux Falls, SD 57106)

If your child is one of the first 25 travelers to send their signed sheet back,
they'll receive a $20 gift card!

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is looking to reestablish the Employment First Alliance (EFA) which was created in 2009 to begin discussion and collaboration around the vision that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs. 
Self-advocates, families, and guardians that have an interest in employment policies, procedures, and practices and are interested in having representation on the EFA, please submit your name, title, email and phone number to Barb Hemmelman at or reach her at 605.773.5029 by August 2, 2021. Membership on the EFA is limited- individuals will be notified if they are selected to be an active member.  

Responsibilities of EFA members
  • Quarterly meetings beginning September 16, 2021
  • Virtual meeting at least initially then workgroup discussion on interest in a face-to-face or all virtual
  • Collaboration with other committee members to enhance employment policies, procedures, and practices
  • Participation in sub-committees as work plans are prioritized
  • Provide updates regarding individual work/accomplishments around competitive integrated employment and community inclusion
Thursday, July 29, 7-8 PM CT/6-7 PM MT, Register Here

After a year and a half of grappling with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, students across the country are slated to return to school in-person this fall. However, for many, especially parents, the return to in-person instruction has brought with it a variety of worries, hesitations, and questions.

While one of Biden Administration’s top priorities is to have all students back in-person this fall, they recognize that this goal will not be met if parents’ voices are not heard, and their concerns taken into account. This Parent Town Hall is a unique opportunity for parents to share their ideas and concerns, and to get their questions answered.

During the event, panelists from the US Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will answer parent's questions and address concerns around the return to in-person instruction.

Parents are invited to submit questions about the return to in-person instruction on the registration form. Pre-submitted questions will help plan the content of the session. Time will also be reserved for live questions and answers at the end of the event.

Picky eating is a common childhood behavior that does not always resolve with age and frequent exposure to new foods. What happens when eating and feeding difficulties persist despite best efforts by parents and caretakers? For some, food restriction and refusal may point to conditions like ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, and/or Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.


Teens face dating violence at alarming rates. Adults play a critical role in supporting them.

More people than ever before will qualify for help paying for health coverage, even those who weren’t eligible in the past.
There’s a new Special Enrollment Period for the COVID-19 public health emergency. You can enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans through August 15, 2021.

This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M2000666 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H328M140021, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.