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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.


2019 Initiative Conference with Kirk Weisler


Friday April 26 | Saturday April 27


Initiative Conference is the amazing annual event for child care professionals, educators, and parents of young children. Focused on child development, activities, infant toddler needs, media, marketing, entrepreneurship, tech, social impact, leadership and more, Initiative is two days of impactful speakers, actionable programming, and interactive activities.line



Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler has shared the everyday things leaders can do to positively influence, nurture, and build super COOL cultures and high-performance teams to over 50,000 leaders the world over. He will present Keynote addresses both days and a workshop on Saturday. In addition, he will present The Dog Poop Initiative Friday Evening.

View Kirk Weisler's Class Descriptions



The Dog Poop Initiative

Friday April 26 7 PM

tickets for this presentation may be purchased separately

the presentation is included in one-day or two-day admission tickets


Boeing Aircraft has used this book in its Sigma Six Lean training program. We have the opportunity to learn about taking Initiative from the author.
Take the initiative to positively influence, nurture, and build the teams in your life including your family, your day care families, your work team.




General Admission Tickets

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General Admission Includes

Kirk Weisler's morning keynotes and workshops

1 or 2 full days of classes with essential training for those in the child care industry

Lunch, included in the conference fee, is catered exclusively by Minerva's Restaurant

A copy of The Dog Poop Initiative

Conference Essentials Kit including a program with space for notes, pen and other must-haves!


 VIP FCCPSD Insider Tickets

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FCCPSD Insider Includes

All General Admission features PLUS:

An autographed copy of The Dog Poop Initiative

Personalized Table Tent to Reserve Seating in the Ballroom

$15 Insider Vendor Gift Card

$20 Insider Silent Auction Gift Card to be used when you win a Silent Auction bid. (No cash value.)

Insider Gift Basket with exclusive goodies from our partners

An Usborne book from a conference partner

Insider Exclusive Friday Evening Banquet with Kirk Weisler

FCCPSD 2019 membership

FCCPSD Member Newsletter subscription

Access to the FCCPSD closed Face Book Group

5% off Lakeshore purchases and Free Shipping on orders > $100

Member recognition ribbon

A chance to win a free conference admission for Conference 2020

A chance to win an Usborne Book Gift Set (valued at $79)

And more!

The Dog Poop Initiative Tickets


DPI tickets give admission to Kirk Weisler's Friday evening presentation and a copy of his book This presentation is FREE with a one-day or two-day ticket purchase.


CPR is being offered as an add-on for $36. The class runs from 2:00 to 5:30 on Friday.





Watertown Event Center

Ramkota Hotel

Minervas Restaurant

The Watertown Event Center has you covered all under one roof. Attached to the center is the award-winning Minervas Restaurant with full bar. Minervas offers daily menu item specials and weekly dinner specials. Attached to Minervas is the Ramkota Hotel featuring 101 rooms, indoor swimming pool, and exercise room.

Book your room by March 25 to reserve your special 95.99 rate at the Ramkota by calling 605-886-8011 and stating you are booking with Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota Inc. These rooms are available April 25–28, 2019.

Suites are available for a special price of $145.99.

Ramkota Website

Each spacious room includes:

Free wireless Internet access
Flat-screen TVs
Comfortable pillow-top beds with beautiful linens and plenty of pillows
In-room coffee maker
A well-lit work desk
Iron and full-size ironing board
Hair dryer
Whirlpool Suites and Executive Suite are furnished with a sofa, refrigerator, and microwave.

Hotel Amenities

As a guest, you'll also enjoy many amenities, including:
Free WiFi
Free morning coffee and USA Today newspaper
Complimentary hot continental breakfast. Includes cereal, eggs, yogurt, granola bars, juice, and more, served daily from 6–9 AM
Indoor heated pool and whirlpool
Children's game area
Business center with guest computer and printer in lobby
Room Service is available for lunch and dinner
Award-winning Minervas Restaurant & Bar in-house
Express check-out available Monday through Friday mornings
Nearby access to Lake Kampeska and Lake Pelican
Hotel is attached to the Watertown Event Center
Fitness room
Free parking with room for boats and large vehicles
Pets welcome (except in Whirlpool Suites and Executive Suite)



just so you know


The conference is open to the public.

16.5 state-creditable training hours are offered.

There will be a keynote presentation by Kirk Weisler each morning. He will present Friday evening and also will offer a breakout workshop Saturday morning following his Keynote address.

The lunch format is a lunch with a presentation, a "Lunch and Learn." These are included in the conference ticket price.

Three (3) breakout sessions will run concurrently.

There are only 30 Insider tickets available. Paid registrations secure your ticket. When the PayPal button vanishes, all tickets have been sold. Get your ticket early to reserve your spot! VIP Ticket deadline is April 13.

Single-day or Two-day tickets are available. Separate admission tickets to the Friday Evening Session are available. Tickets purchased after April 13 will not receive personalized programs or name badges. Programs are not guaranteed. Meals will not be provided for ticket holders after April 23.

Tickets are refundable until April 8 less a $15 administration fee. After that they are transferable until April 18.

Initiative will be held on Friday, April 26 through Saturday, April 27 at the Watertown Event Center, 1901 9th Ave SW, Watertown, SD 57201. Registration opens at 7 AM and programming runs from 7:45 AM through 5:30 PM on Friday and 7:30 AM through 5:30 PM on Saturday. The Friday evening session runs from 7 PM to approximately 8:30 PM.

Breakfast is complimentary through the Ramkota, if you are a registered guest of the hotel. Lunch will be provided for each attendee. An FCCPSD Insider Banquet will be held 5:45–6:45 PM in the Heartland Room. Seating is limited to those holding Insider tickets.

Speakers and schedules will be announced January 10.

All attendees are invited to watch each keynote address. Please note the best seats for the keynote presentation are reserved for those holding FCCPSD Insider Tickets.

Members of the media can apply to receive a complimentary Press Pass to attend Initiative and cover it for their outlet. To apply for a Press Pass, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how your brand can be a part of Initiative this year!



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.
We welcome all to attend the 2019 Initiative Conference in Watertown, Friday April 26—27, 2019!


Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota, Inc.