For parents of youth with special needs, finding enriching after school and summer care can be a challenge.
Here4Youth is the solution. And LSS is proud to announce that this beneficial service recently became a program of LSS Childcare & Education Services.
“LSS services have a natural synergy with Here4Youth,” said Betty Oldenkamp, LSS President and CEO.
LSS offers childcare and education services in six locations with afterschool and summer programming, preschool, and infant and toddler enrichment. LSS also offers services to youth with special needs through its residential, independent living and foster care services.
Here4Youth provides a structured, high-quality learning environment after school and during the summer for children and youth ages three to 21 at all ability levels. Its primary focus is providing opportunities for youth who need more attention and specialized help than they can get in typical after-school settings.
Families also benefit from respite care two Saturday evenings each month, enabling parents to have a night out or time to accomplish things that tend to be put off while caring for their child with special needs.
Here4Youth is the only out-of-school-time program of its kind in South Dakota, serving youth and families who don’t have access to other after-school programs in the community. The program fills two great needs in the Sioux Empire: a welcoming place where students with special needs can continue learning after school, and the reliable specialized care our families need to maintain employment.
Here4Youth provides an essential service to the community and the loving care that is invaluable to parents of youth with special needs.
“Here4Youth has provided us with a sense of stability and feeling of security,” said one Here4Youth parent. “I can trust that my son is being cared for and his needs are being met. He is always happy to go and feels comfortable being there. That is a huge sense of relief!”
By joining forces with LSS, Here4Youth can better achieve program goals by gaining management stability and administrative efficiencies. Program leaders on both sides agree that this will improve availability of high quality care for youth in need of specialized care. In addition, efficiencies gained will help strengthen the financial future of Here4Youth and allow opportunities for expansion.
Parents interested in LSS Childcare & Education Services can call 605-371-8770 or click here.