SDAEYC Vision Statement
All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

SDAEYC Core Values
  • Appreciate childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.

  • Base our work on knowledge of how children develop and learn.

  • Appreciate and support the bond between the child and family.

  • Recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society.

  • Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague).

  • Respect diversity in children, families, and colleagues.

  • Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.

SDAEYC Core Beliefs
  • Excellence and Innovation—We are imaginative risk takers willing to challenge assumptions while being accountable to our mission and fiscally responsible.

  • Transparency—We act with openness and clarity.

  • Reflection—We consider multiple sources of evidence and diverse perspectives to review past performance, note progress and successes, and engage in continuous quality improvement.

  • Equity and Opportunity—We advocate for policies, practices, and systems that promote full and inclusive participation. We confront biases that create barriers and limit the potential of children, families, and early childhood professionals.

  • Collaborative Relationships—We share leadership and responsibility in our work with others. We commit time and effort to ensure diverse participation and more effective outcomes. We act with integrity, respect, and trust.

2021-2022 SDAEYC Governing Board



Past President                     

Vice President                                      



Member-at-Large (Even Years)                              Member-at-Large (Odd Years)                     

Accreditation Chair                                                 

Public Policy Chair                                   

Student Group Chair                          

Student Representative  

Chapters of SDAEYC                     

Black Hills Chapter of SDAEYC               

Capitol Connections Chapter of SDAEYC     

East Central Chapter of SDAEYC            

Missouri Valley Chapter of SDAEYC       

Siouxland Chapter of SDAEYC

Early Learner South Dakota Staff   

ELSD Director

ELSD Support       

Board Position


Janessa Bixel                                                                    

Kay Cutler

Erica Van Horne                                     

Terry Newkirk                           

Karen Rieck                                         

Jodi Butzer                                             

Kevin Nelson                                          

Marcy Drew               

Kayla Klein                              

Kay Cutler                                     



Marla Shaw & (open)

Kristi Cuppy & Kim Jensen

Carrie Benson & Deb Rutledge

Carmen Stewart & (open)                                           

Karen Rieck & Robin Sjogren  


Kayla Klein & Klein Visioneering Group

Kim Booth



Board Member Name

SDAEYC Governing Documents