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Who can I contact for conference assistance?

You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have your conference questions answered.

You can also call Dawn at 605-342-0573 and she can answer your questions or get the answers for you.

If have paid my membership dues, can my husband or helper come at the member rate?

Yes, we have dual membership for family care providers and spouses or helpers. One membership fee and the other person can come at the member rate.

Can I get a refund?

Refunds are given until April 10, less a $10 administrative fee. After April 10 refunds are not given.

Can I register by filling out a paper form?

Yes, we'll have a form you can print and mail when the online registration opens January 20.

Can I send a check?

Yes, you can register online and send a check in the mail. Just be sure the name you registered with is noted inside the envelope if you use a business name on the check, or someone else wrote the check for you. We need some way to match the payment to the attendee.

Can I come for just one day?

Yes, you can. The registration form will ask you which day(s) you would like to come.

Do I have to go to all the classes?

If you are an employee, you will have to discuss this with your employer. If you pay on your own, it is your choice, of course.

Is there a conference hotel?

Yes. We have booked a block of sleeping rooms at the Sheraton Hotel which has an enclosed concourse from the Convention Center to the hotel. It is a luxury hotel and our rooms are steeply discounted. You must CALL the hotel 605.331.0100 and say Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota Group Block when making your reservations. The price is $94 per room plus taxes. Their online system will not get you the rate we contracted.

Are meals included?

This year we have tried to keep the price as low as possible so more can take this opportunity. In order to do that, we have separated the meals from the conference fee. Both lunches will cost the conference $25, but we will only charge $15 and you get another class while you enjoy the meal. Saturday's breakfast will be $15. We will be conducting our FCCPSD Annual Member Meeting during this time, but you are welcome to pay the fee and eat with us. This flexibility seemed to be the best way to meet everyone's needs. There is a restaurant in the Sheraton and there are nearby restaurants.

Will you have vendors?

Yes! Our vendors have always been a fun part of our conference. We're having a great lineup this year and we've made the schedule so that there is opportunity to shop.

How are training hours credited?

At the end of each session you will receive an attendance sticker with the class information on it. You will put that sticker on your personalized certificate in your program. Keep the certificate to present to your licensing worker or give it to your employer. Make a copy for yourself. Each time you enter class, sign the attendance sheet.

Are the hours creditable?

The training is creditable for South Dakota state licensing requirements for child care providers in homes, group homes, and centers. The Council for Professional Recognition (CDA) will accept the hours. Follow their guidelines when documenting your training.

How many training hours?

The total opportunity includes 16.5 training hours. This includes the Knife Skills class and each Lunch and Learn. All sessions provide 1.5 hours of creditable training.

I am not a child care provider but I am involved in a young child's life. Is this conference worthwhile for me?

Absolutely! There are a few classes specifically for the child care provider in some time slots, but there are many great choices for parents and relatives to take. Even one class offering is worth the entire conference fee. Many of us wish we'd had this type of opportunity when our own children were young.

Who organizes this conference?

FCCPSD is the sponsor of this conference. Our presenters are experts in their fields and are graciously donating their time to come speak with us on their topics. Deborah McNelis is a national speaker and is paid for her services through conference fees and FCCPSD dues.

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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