Shelby Norgaard is the Curriculum and Staff Development Coordinator in our Childcare & School Age Care department. Shelby is the backbone of the department by helping train staff, support the Site Managers and Teachers in any way she can to ensure they have what they need to carry out lesson plans and ensuring teachers and children are safe. "There is nothing like walking into a classroom and having children shout out my name," Shelby stated. "Hugs and fist pumps are the highlights of my day. It is always an adventure to figure out a way to sit ten children on [...]
Women in our communities face gender inequalities. In 2018, women in South Dakota earned an average 82.7% of the typical weekly earnings made by their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women represent half of the US population but more than half the opportunity for growth, according to the US Chamber of Commerce. Empowering women lifts the entire community. When women work, economies grow. Studies by USAID show that if an equal number of women as men participated in the global economy, the global GDP would increase by $12 trillion by 2025. Empowerment comes in all [...]
Q: Will EmBe remain open if Governor Kristi Noem issues a shelter in place order for Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties? A: Yes. EmBe Childcare and School Age Care programs are considered a part of essential services critical to maintaining the Infrastructure Workforce. Only the South Dakota Department of Health/Department of Social Services can close our building. Q: Will parents be notified if there is a positive case of COVID-19 of a staff member or child at EmBe? A: Maybe or maybe not. We take all direction from the SD Department of Health on who needs to be notified depending on [...]
What can you do if you are out of work due to COVID-19? You may qualify for South Dakota Reemployment Assistance. The below graphic shows which cases generally will qualify for RA benefits and which circumstances will likely not qualify. The Department of Labor assesses each person's case individually. To apply for RA benefits, apply online at raclaims.sd.gov or call (605) 626-3179. For more information from the Department of Labor regarding COVID-19, visit: https://dlr.sd.gov/covid_19_resources.aspx.
Sioux Falls, SD (November 25, 2019) - Last Saturday, November 23 EmBe and POET hosted the first FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifier of the 2019-2020 Season. This season's challenge is CITY SHAPER, focusing on the challenges humans face as we build and maintain cities in the future. Eighteen teams met to share their research, compete with their robots and of course have fun! Congratulations to every team that competed, we are proud of all the things that you accomplished this season! Taking home awards: Judges' Award - Team #9505 Thumbs Up for Fun Project Award - Team #39009 Northstar Navigators Robot [...]
Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. One of the most popular categories every year is Young Woman of Achievement. With so many young women who are doing great things across all industries in our community, the category is always a "who's who". In 2018, our Young Woman of Achievement winner was Sarah McGuire with American Bank & Trust. We invite you hear from Sarah's nominators why she was so deserving of this honor, and hear from Sarah about her Tribute to Women experience. Nominator Video Nominee [...]