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Youth Center

Since 1999, Volunteers of America, Dakotas has provided afterschool and academic supports to students in our community.  

Volunteers of America, Dakotas is excited to announce that the services have moved to 1309 W 51st Street.

The newly updated Volunteers of America, Dakotas Youth Center space includes:

  • Fully licensed as afterschool programming
  • 1:15 staff to child ratio
  • Updated kitchen and dining room
  • Game and craft room
  • Library
  • Computer lab with 10 individual workstations
  • Herb and Esther Bowden Gymnasium, a full-size gym with stage
  • Fenced outdoor green space to include playground, basketball court, and community gardens.
  • Transportation to and from the Center location is available. 

 

Program Hours 
Monday - Friday (school year hours): 3 PM - 9 PM
Monday - Friday (Summer hours): Noon - 6 PM

For a virtual tour of  our youth center, Click here

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Child Care Centers

Volunteers of America, Dakotas' child care centers offer programs to promote the healthy development of children and their families. We offer a balanced day of enriched learning experiences to enhance the social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth of a child.

We have a team of highly qualified teachers where lead teaching staff have obtained a BS, AA or CDA degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. Our caring staff provide a safe, secure, and stimulating environment appropriate to meet the developmental needs of the children enrolled. We utilize High Reach curriculum that incorporates experiences that permit learning through guided play and active discovery. It also fosters self-confidence, academic readiness, social and emotional development as well as cultural awareness. From the curriculum, we incorporate assessments and developmental checklists that help us meet the needs of each child and share this information at our parent/teacher conferences twice a year. The High Reach curriculum is aligned with Head Start standards and with the SD Early Learning Guidelines.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas operates two child care centers in the Sioux Falls Metro Area with different eligibility guidelines. 

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For a virtual tour of  our child care center, click here

407 N. Spring Avenue - 605.338.3461

  • Licensed for ages: 4 weeks to 10 years old
  • Hours of operation: 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
  • Offer before and after school programs for Hawthorne Elementary students
  • Summer programming for children entering kindergarten and 1st grade
  • Provide research-based curriculum in each classroom
  • Parent/teacher conferences twice a year
  • Educational parent events throughout the year

 

1310 W. 51st Street - 605.444.6380

  • Licensed for ages: 4 weeks to 5 years old
  • Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in care available
  • Provide research-based curriculum in each classroom
  • Parent/teacher conferences twice a year
  • Educational parent events throughout the year


Rates
We accept Child Care Assistance, TANF payments and we offer United Way Scholarships for qualifying families.

  4 weeks – 2 years 3 – 5 years School Age
Full Time (up to 50 hours/week) $170 $155 $125
Part Time (weekly minimum) $5.25 per hour/$105(weekly min.) $5.25 per hour/$105 (weekly min.)

Before school: $40
After school: $50
Before & after: $85

Volunteers of America Family Crisis Intervention

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Family Crisis Intervention

FCIP is a 24-hour, 365 days a year immediate intervention program for youth ages 10-17 and families who are in crisis for a variety of reasons. FCIP is a prevention and early intervention program. Early intervention aims at resolving problems before they become a major issue.  FCIP works in partnership with the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha and Lincoln counties and is also open to the general public for direct referral.  Both parent and youth need to volunteer to participate as it doesn't necessarily work when one-sided.

An FCIP Specialist answers the crisis line completing either a phone intervention or will respond within 30 minutes to a neutral location for face-to-face intervention.  Interventions can be also be scheduled, if determined appropriate by the FCIP Specialist. The majority of the intervention involves mediation of the situation, helping the youth or family to develop an action plan with follow-up within 24-48 hours of the intervention.  Case management services are also available for the family, if more intense interaction is needed or requested.

Focus of FCIP:

  • To provide crisis mediation services
  • To resolve family conflict
  • To prevent runaway
  • To foster connections to community


The conflicts range in severity from significant family conflict which if unresolved could result in physical violence or the youth running away to discord about school, dating, friends, and peer pressure.  The common denominator for most calls is the lack of good communication, lack of positive conflict management, and family stress.

Eligibility for participation in the program is any conflict that involves a minor child and parent; referrals may come directly from law enforcement, schools personnel, parents and youth.  The service area is Minnehaha County.  Parents must volunteer or be willing to participate in the intervention.
Situations inappropriate for FCIP include:

  • Violent situations
  • Abuse or Neglect
  • Suicidal assessments


If you feel like your family is in a crisis please call our 24/7 telephone number at (605) 366-6757. Help is here for you.

Volunteers of America Kids Campus

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Kids Campus, STARS, and Youth Link

Kids Campus and STARS are engaging afterschool programs designed to inspire and motivate students to learn through a variety of enrichment activities. These programs are supported by federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funds and serve students from specific schools.*  Students engage with caring adults who lead them in a variety of academic, social, and physical/health education activities.
 
Kids Campus (Central and Junior): Held at the Bowden Youth Center, Kids Campus is for students in grades 1-5. The program is open 3-6 every weekday and offers extended hours on school holidays and in the summer. Kids Campus serves students from Hawthorne and Lowell schools and offers to pick up from these schools daily.
 
Youth Link: A middle school program for students in Whittier and McGovern Middle Schools, Youth Link provides afterschool opportunities 3-5 days a week after school during the school year and every day in the summer. Youth Link often combines with the Bowden Youth Center to provide extended recreational opportunities for middle school students. There are no fees for Youth Link.
 
STARS: Also held at the Bowden Youth Center, STARS is an afterschool program for students in grades 1-5 from Laura B. Anderson, Garfield, Jane Addams, and Hayward schools. Staff pick students up from these schools daily. Programming runs from 3-6, with rides offered home by staff. There are no fees for STARS; summer and school holiday hours are available.
 
Students in all programs are always fed a healthy snack and have time for recreation and socialization along with academic help. Students whose parents cannot pick them up at the end of afterschool programming may stay at the Bowden Youth Center drop-in center to eat supper, play games, and get a ride home on vans driven by staff.  Kids Campus, Youth Link, and STARS enable students to have fun and increase their academic success in a safe, fun environment that is staffed by caring adults.

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Look Up and Hope

Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration

Volunteers of America, Dakotas is one of only four programs in the nation that works with mothers in prison, their children, and the children's caregiver to break cycles of poverty and incarceration and to change the future for these families. Look Up and Hope is a national initiative started by Volunteers of America aimed at strengthening families who have been disrupted by the incarceration of mothers. Volunteers of America saw that mothers were the fastest-growing segment of the prison population and that there were very few programs tailored to their complex needs.

We provide counseling and case management for the families, as well as assistance in finding housing, education, food, employment, and transportation to enable families to become healthier, self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.

Each member of the family also has coaching and mentoring—individuals who help them to overcome their challenges and reach their full potential, as well as to help the family function in positive and productive ways. Volunteer mentors for the mothers are also matched for ongoing support throughout the transition out of prison. These services are specifically designed to lend continuity with the goal of healthy children emotionally and a stable family life.

Volunteers of America Affordable Housing

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Summit Heights

Summit Heights Properties is a beautiful and affordable housing tax credit community that is chemical-, alcohol- and tobacco-free and located near downtown Sioux Falls. It offers 37 apartment homes for families who qualify under the tax credit/HOME funds guidelines. The property features efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments for qualifying families. Volunteers of America, Dakotas and Citihousing are the general and limited partners in this venture with co-development through Lloyd Companies and Volunteers of America, Dakotas.

Summit Heights offers the following:

  • On-site management
  • 24-hour emergency maintenance
  • Elevator
  • Intercom system
  • Controlled-access entry
  • Central alarm and fire system
  • Wide custom hallways
  • On-site laundry facilities with sinks
  • Community room with oversized furniture, big-screen HDTV, and fully equipped kitchen
  • Children's playroom
  • Screened playground area
  • Screened, furnished patio deck
  • Assigned parking
  • Free on-site storage for efficiency apartments
  • New Start program services
     

Each apartment home features the following:

  • Water, sewer, trash, heating and cooling included in rent
  • Telephone- and cable-ready
  • Cabinets, dishwasher, range, refrigerator, microwave
  • Huge walk-in closets
  • Formal or counter-style dining
  • Accessible units

 

Qualifications for Admission

The following definitions apply to all applicants to Summit Heights:

  • Applicant meets the requirements to live in tax credit/HOME funds–financed housing.
  • Applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a chemical or alcohol dependency program.
  • Applicant abides by the rules and regulations set forth in the residents' rights and responsibilities for the Summit Heights Program for chemical-, alcohol- and tobacco-free living.
  • Applicant family: a family/household whose head of household, spouse, co-head or sole member is 18 years of age or older.