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.
Alliance for Children & Lead-Deadwood School
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.
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
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.