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SASD Community Helping Hands Award

The Community Helping Hands Award recognizes a school district and their non-school community partner for their outstanding collaboration in implementing a successful program, project or activity that has generated significant local community involvement and positively impacted the education of children.

2015 Winner 
Northern Hills Alliance for Children & Lead-Deadwood School District


SD Voices for Children released a study in 2008 that concluded there was a serious shortage of childcare and early education opportunities in the Deadwood and Lead area.  Because of this study, the Northern Hills Alliance for Children (NHAC) was formed.

The NHAC Board of Directors has included representatives from the Lead/Deadwood school district, BHSU, Deadwood/Lead Regional Hospital, Youth and Family Services, Black Hills Central Reservations, Lawrence County, parents, and local business men and women.

The NHAC exists to provide affordable, secure and healthy childcare and educational services to families with young children in the Northern Black Hills.
The First Step Childcare Center and preschool officially opened and welcomed children on March 2011. 


In 2013 the NHAC obtained a state license to operate a summer program in the Deadwood elementary school building with the ability to serve 60 children.  These are children too young to stay home alone and too young for the programs operating at the local rec centers.  The program offers fun and educational programs i.e. swimming lessons, trips to the library and park.  They also take the children on excursions to Mt. Rushmore, Reptile Gardens, and more.  All the children are fed through the  school’s Seamless Summer Food Program.

In addition NHAC is committed to having quality staff by helping employees further their training in early childhood development.





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