South Dakota

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

South Dakota's Birth to 3 program is part of the South Dakota Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of at least a 1.5 standard deviation in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay
  • Born at 28 weeks gestation or less

See eligibility criteria for more details.

Number of children served

South Dakota reported 1,071 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A regional network of Birth to 3 providers coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the Birth to 3 provider serving their location or call the Birth to 3 state office at 605-773-3678 or 800-305-3064.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center listed below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

South Dakota has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

The South Dakota Parent Connection is South Dakota's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding education services for children ages 3 through 5 years old is available from the local school district, the regional providers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

South Dakota Department of Education
Phone: 605-773-8071 or 800-305-3064

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available from parent information.