People involved with Head Start say early childhood education is important, especially for those children who grow up in poverty.
Head Start workers from six different states who gathered in Rapid City to see how they can improve their programs. People involved with Head Start say it not only helps prepare children from low income families for kindergarten, it also provides life long skills.
"Head Start is more than just a day care and it's more than just childhood education. Head Start provides resources for families to work their way out of poverty," said Kathy Cruse, Executive Director of the South Dakota Head Start Association.
The South Dakota Head Start Association was founded in 1989 and their mission is to be a powerful advocate for children and families.