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The mission of
the SoDakSACA is to promote quality Out-of-School Time
programs for children and youth through professional
development and public advocacy.
1998, South Dakota out-of-school time (OST)
directors and their staff did not know one another,
and there was no formal network to provide support
for this group. There was also no conference or
training available specifically geared for
school-age care professionals.
Interest in forming
an affiliate organization to the National School-Age
Care Alliance (NSACA) grew, after a statewide
conference on school-age care in 1998, sponsored by
the state Child Care Services office. Many directors
and staff also attended the national NSACA
conference in San Antonio in 1999, and our goal
became one of forming our own organization and
becoming affiliated by the next NSACA conference in
Our first official meeting was called to
order in October, 1999, at the South Dakota
Association for the Education of Young Children (SDAEYC)
conference in Aberdeen, SD, with election of
officers and board members, and the passage of
In late October 1999, Sioux Falls was the
site of the first SoDakSACA sponsored workshop. Jim
"Mr. H-A-P-P-Y!!" Atkinson attracted approximately
90 new members.
SoDakSACA officially became a NSACA,
now known as NAA (National Afterschool Association),
affiliate in March of 2000.
Since that time, SoDakSACA sponsors the SoDakSACA Conference annually
in October, and also the Afterschool Day at the
Capitol each year in January or early February at
the State Capitol Rotunda. In recent years,
SoDakSACA has co-sponsored the statewide Lights On
Afterschool event. SoDakSACA began hosting the annual OST Directors’ Retreat in 2013 to continue this unique leadership training opportunity for directors, which was started by the Division of Child Care in 2004.