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Working with young children is not easy. What do you do when children display challenging behavior? What sorts of activities do you do with infants and toddlers, and can you make toys from materials you have at home? What are important things to do with children under the age of 5? The LifeCourse Framework. What is it and how does it help families with children with disabilities?
These and other questions will be addressed during classes offered at the Heroes child care conference April 27–28.  
Knife Skills for Dummies—Chef Lance White
Guidance and Behavior
Positive Guidance Techniques—Krystal Trull, CFLE
The Importance of Big Body Play in Early Education—Doniese Wilcox, BS, CFLE
Stress and Anxiety in Children—Christie Lueth, CSW-PIP, QMHP
Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders—Andrea Boerigter, MA, CCC, SLP
Improving the Behaviors of Strong-Willed Children—Emily Learing, MA, LMFT, RPT
Behaviors That Challenge: Super Hero Play—Kathleen Gilpin, BS.Ed.Child Development
Child Development
Creativity and the Brain—Sarah Roberts, M.Ed.
What's Wrong With Screen Time?—Dr. Scott McKercher, MD
Play Every Day!—Deborah McNelis, M.Ed.
Nature in the Classroom—Jen Nuncio, SD GFP
Be Your Own Super Hero! DIY Activities for Infants and Toddlers—Jennifer Baumann
Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead—Sarah Roberts, M.Ed.
Play in Your Child Care Setting—Anelis Coscioni
Special Needs
Autism in Early Childhood—Shelby Bergeson
Supporting Families Using the LifeCourse Framework—Brenda Smith and Elaine Roberts
Even Heroes Need to Self-Manage: Tools for Healthcare Successes!—Fran Rice, MSHA, MSLIS
Health and Safety
CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants—Sanford Health
It Takes Attention to Change: The Brain, Behavior and Self Perception—Deborah McNelis, M.Ed.
Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy with Essential Oils—Laura Glanville
Relationships Matter: Helping Children After Trauma, Abuse, Stress, and Neglect
—Deborah McNelis, M.Ed.
Recognizing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse/Keeping Kids Safe—Teresa Thie, LSW
Business Side
Healthy Foods for Children—Nancy Kvamme
The Business Side of Family Child Care—Susan Dotson
Teen Helpers: Heroes in Early Childhood—Jessica Castleberry
A Hero's Guide: How to Survive Your Spouse's In-Home Day Care—Jessica Castleberry
Managing the Financial Side—Wendy Simmermon

The event will begin at 8:00 AM Friday with a Keynote address and concludes Saturday afternoon. Sixteen and a half hours of creditable training will be offered over the two days. Participants may come for either, or both days. There will be silent auctions, vendors, and a 50/50 raffle as well.
Heroes is sponsored by Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota Inc which is a 501c3 organization dedicated to empower family child care providers and achieve high quality care for all South Dakota children.

Tickets and event information are available online at or by calling Dawn Wahl at 605.342.0573 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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We are South Dakota's statewide volunteer association of family child care providers and group home providers whose mission is to empower family child care professionals and achieve high quality care for all South Dakota children.

If you care for children in your home who are unrelated to you, you are a family child care provider. This is an association of people who are doing what you do, every day. We support new providers who are looking for ideas and offer avenues for experienced providers to share their tips and help pave the path to professionalism.



We invite you to step onto the path of lifelong learning and continual growth by using this website to gain information you need to help you and encourage you to join our association. By joining FCCPSD, you are becoming a part of an innovative team of professionals whose goals include providing educational and networking opportunities for the people who work hard to provide quality care to children in South Dakota. Dues and Fees have been set to $25 annually. You can register after paying for your membership here.


Resource partners

We wish to form strong relationships with individuals and other organizations who care about children in South Dakota. We welcome parents, child care professionals in other settings, former providers and all others interested in the activities, programs and goals of FCCPSD to join as resource partners of our organization.
FCCPSD is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. It also is recognized as a professional organization by South Dakota Pathways to Professional Development.


Conference Pricing

Member Rates

1 day $20 | 2 days $40
  • Join FCCPSD for $25

Non-Member Rates

1 day $50 | 2 days $70
  • Friday Evening included

Group of 4 or more

1 day $45 | 2 days $65
  • Each group member

Lunch and Learns

$15 Each
  • CPR is also available for $21
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