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Staff Spotlight: Rachel Gross – Executive Assistant


Welcoming Rachel Gross: A Vibrant Addition to the EmBe Family We are thrilled to introduce Rachel Gross, our new Executive Assistant to the EmBe leadership team, to the EmBe family! Rachel brings with her a wealth of experience and a vibrant personality that we know will greatly contribute to our team. Rachel shared with us a little more about her background, interests, fun facts, travel experiences, favorites, and more. Background: A Small-Town Girl with Big Dreams Rachel hails from the picturesque town of Huron, South Dakota, where she fondly recalls a childhood filled with camaraderie and community spirit. "I had [...]

Staff Spotlight: Rachel Gross – Executive Assistant2024-03-15T13:45:46-05:00

Preschool Enrollment Opens for Fall 2024


A Gateway to Early Education Excellence with EmBe Education EmBe, a leader in providing early childhood education, proudly announces the opening of enrollment for its preschool programs for the fall of 2024. EmBe Education's commitment to nurturing the inherent intelligence of every child aligns with our mission to empower women and families. At EmBe, we offer three distinctive play-based preschool programs, each designed to unlock the potential within every child: Traditional Preschool: EmBe's Traditional Preschool lays the foundation for academic and social development, guided by EmBe Education's belief in the inherent intelligence of every child. KinderCollege: KinderCollege at EmBe [...]

Preschool Enrollment Opens for Fall 20242024-02-16T11:02:52-06:00

Donor Spotlight: Meet Jeannie Blackman


Jeannie Blackman's roots with EmBe trace back to the very inception of the now-iconic Tribute to Women event, formerly known as the Leaders Luncheon, a testament to her mother Kris Egger's influential role in its planning 50 years ago. Jeannie fondly reminisced about the countless hours she and her sisters spent in the EmBe pool as members of the Snowfox Swim Team, creating enduring memories of camaraderie and teamwork. Transitioning through the years, Jeannie's husband joined the Board of Directors in 2012, the year when men were first welcomed to contribute their perspectives. This shift exemplified EmBe's commitment to [...]

Donor Spotlight: Meet Jeannie Blackman2024-02-07T15:58:35-06:00

Women Spotlight: Meet Colleen Keiser


Colleen Keiser's experience with EmBe's Women's Leadership Programs is one of support, enrichment, learning, and growth. Participating in a variety of EmBe women’s programming, Colleen's journey reflects EmBe’s mission to support women, children, and families and the tangible benefits of mentorship. Women to the Workforce: Addressing Everyday Challenges Colleen actively participated in the Women to the Workforce Program. For her, mentorship played a crucial role in tackling the practical challenges of work and life. "Everything was overwhelming at times. Having someone to call and talk through things was nice. My mentor helped with my resume and my elevator speech." [...]

Women Spotlight: Meet Colleen Keiser2024-02-07T15:54:34-06:00

Summer Fun, Learning, and Experiences Start at EmBe


Enrollment for 2024 Summer School Age Care Begins December 18 EmBe, a community-based non-profit providing services, and programming for children, women, and families, announced today open enrollment for 2024 Summer School Age Care at their Harrisburg and EmBe South locations. Enrollment for Community Learning Center Summer Care in the Sioux Falls Public Schools opens January 2, 2024. The summer session offers a variety of experiences, engagement, continuous learning, and adventure. Children develop friendships and new skills with unique learning opportunities and hands-on involvement. They experience a full summer of activities like swimming, sports, reading, and games. EmBe also provides weekly [...]

Summer Fun, Learning, and Experiences Start at EmBe2024-01-26T16:28:52-06:00

Childcare Crisis Statement from EmBe CEO Kerri Tietgen: December 2023


The recent announcements regarding the closure of licensed centers in Sioux Falls and its surrounding areas have far-reaching implications for families, children, and the local workforce. This underscores the pressing need for quality childcare services, as over 54,000 families in South Dakota depend on them. As a community, we understand the critical role of childcare in supporting the workforce, and we compel our communities and the state to collaborate on solutions that meet the needs of families and children. EmBe has been engaged in meaningful discourse to navigate this challenging situation with a focus on the well-being of children, families, [...]

Childcare Crisis Statement from EmBe CEO Kerri Tietgen: December 20232023-12-19T14:11:16-06:00

EmBe and LAIC Partner to Enhance Childcare Services in Madison


Quality childcare is an integral part of economic development. It is fundamental for an adequate workforce. Lake Area Improvement Corporation (LAIC) has been working diligently to address the issue of childcare in Madison and Lake County. The latest step is a partnership with a renowned expert in childcare and education services. EmBe has been announced as the operator of a new childcare facility planned for construction. It is set to open its doors in 2025. “This is another critical step in the process of addressing the need for childcare in our community,” said LAIC Executive Director Brooke Rollag. “EmBe [...]

EmBe and LAIC Partner to Enhance Childcare Services in Madison2023-11-15T15:48:10-06:00

50th Annual Tribute to Women Recap


Donate Now EmBe Announces the 50th Annual Tribute to Women Award Winners Sioux Falls, SD (October 19,2023) – Nine honorees were selected out of 71 nominations for the 50th Annual Tribute to Women Awards at the Washington Pavilion on October 19. As the longest-standing award ceremony honoring women in our region, the historic event honored the impact of women, men, and businesses in the Sioux Empire, and raised funds to sustain the mission  of the century-old organization. “In 1974, Tribute to Woman started as a Leader [...]

50th Annual Tribute to Women Recap2023-11-14T15:13:02-06:00

EmBe CEO Column: April 2023


Transitioning into Spring Despite the piles of snow remaining, it’s official – Spring is here! After a long (and cold) winter, I'm sure everyone is just as eager to transition into a new season as I am. Spring has always been my favorite season. Perhaps it’s the budding energy, the awakening of the community after the hibernation of winter, and the freshness of growth everywhere you look. Or perhaps it’s that my birthday and EmBe anniversary is also in the same week of the beginning of Spring, regardless I love spring. One of my favorite things about living in this [...]

EmBe CEO Column: April 20232023-03-29T12:22:13-05:00

Staff Spotlight: Melissa Hiatt


“I want to help women tap into the life-giving, life-changing, life-empowering power for them, their families, their organizations, and their communities.” At EmBe, our mission is to empower women and help them discover their strengths, activate their vision, and help meet their personal and professional goals. Putting the pivotal mentors, leadership, and programs in place is what we are excited to bring more emphasis to within the community. We are ecstatic to announce the addition of Melissa Hiatt, Director of Women’s Programming, to the EmBe team! We are certain that Melissa’s experience and new ideas will grow Women’s Programming to [...]

Staff Spotlight: Melissa Hiatt2023-03-20T15:13:38-05:00
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