Rich Merkouris

An estimate from the Sioux Falls School District shows about 350 children per year exceed federal poverty limits to attend Head Start, but preschool is too expensive for their families. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition is a non-profit that partners with pre-schools and local businesses to provide that opportunity. With 150 students enrolled in pre-k in its third year, the Coalition’s leadership believes it won’t be long before it can give all Sioux Falls students a chance to prepare for kindergarten.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 23, 2019 Show 664 Hour 2

Now in its second year, the Hope Coalition is a collaborative effort to help families in need afford quality preschool education.

Sioux Falls Hope Coalition executive director Randell Beck, Sioux Falls Boys and Girls Club executive director Rebecca Wimmer, and Hope Coalition Board Chair Rich Merkouris, discuss potential solutions to Pre-K education in South Dakota where it doesn't receive state funding. 

Jackie Hendry

South Dakota is one of only five states in the country with no state-supported preschool program. The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition is a non-profit dedicated to giving all children access to preschool. Wednesday it announced the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire is joining a partnership to offer free preschool for 20 local students.