Launch or grow your childcare business

Multilingual learners of English can call Lutheran Social Services at 605-731-2000 or by text at 605-403-7813.

Are you passionate about early childhood development
and want to start or grow your own childcare business?

Our Childcare Business Programs are designed exclusively for aspiring childcare entrepreneurs like you. The 2-day weekend bootcamp and the 10-week, cohort-based program are designed to help you develop the successful, sustainable business you’re ready to run.

Who should join?

You’re perfect for the Care Bootcamp or 10-Week Care Accelerator if…

You’ve been thinking about starting a business,
but you don’t know exactly where to begin.

You’re a new childcare business owner wanting to ensure you’re set up for success

You’re currently running a small business, but you’re not sure if you’ve been doing it “right.”


These in-depth programs will help you fine-tune your idea, critically examine every part of it, and plan your next steps.

CO.STARTERS Accelerator graduates in Sioux Falls
Total spots available for the next Accelerator program
Of CO.STARTERS Accelerator graduates know their next steps
Of CO.STARTERS Accelerator graduates have the resources to move forward
Of CO.STARTERS Accelerator graduates know how to get and use customer feedback
Of CO.STARTERS Accelerator graduates are confident their venture will work

Get everything you need to
Grow a stable childcare business in Sioux Falls


Proven training materials and exercises with all the practical tools and insights you need to study and shape your business


Facilitators and guest speakers from industry experts who specialize in early childhood education and childcare management. 


Direct access to a small, private cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs in a creative, collaborative environment

About Childcare Bootcamp

The Childcare Bootcamp is a weekend program to help aspiring business owners take action. During this four-part bootcamp, you’ll collaboratively work with peers and a trained facilitator to strategize, problem-solve, and apply business tactics to your idea or business.

20 spots available

Program Dates

June 29-30

Application Deadline


About Childcare Accelerator

The Childcare Accelerator is a 10-week program designed to provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools to turn your idea into action and a sustainable business. If you aspire to start or grow your own childcare business, Childcare Accelerator is for you.

16 spots available

Program Dates

September - November

Application Deadline


How much does it cost?

Get ready for some good news...

The Childcare Accelerator is valued at $3,300, but the upcoming cohorts are currently free, thanks to support from The Bancorp, Inc. and a grant through the SD Governor's Office of Economic Development.

The program includes:

  • Participant Materials: Essential resources worth $200.
  • Expert Coaching: 30 hours of group coaching and facilitation, a $3,000 value.
  • Industry Connections: Exclusive access to experts valued at $100.

By getting selected, you access a wealth of knowledge, tools, and networking opportunities by only needing to invest your time. This is your chance to leap forward in your entrepreneurial journey at no cost. Spots are limited, and the return on your investment is clear. Apply today to be considered.

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“Please keep this program going, the support it will provide to local communities thru small businesses developing will pay back 10 fold!”

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"Early on in CO.STARTERS, our facilitator said that starting a business will change you—and I’m already seeing how it’s changing me."

“So thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in this program.”

"It was what I needed to pursue my dream and instill a higher level of confidence."

Meet your facilitator!

Karen Rieck
Early Childhood Educator

As a mother for four, I am driven to believe that the work I do will have a profound impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

Early Learning has been a great passion of mine for 20+ years, which has lead me to advocacy roles and community involvement for children and families. I am actively serving on the Executive Committee for the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Leadership Committee for Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative, and I am the Family Life Education Coordinator for Avera. Networking and creating relationships with organizations, businesses, and individuals is key to each one of my roles.

Karen Rieck

Kickstart your childcare business in Sioux Falls

Are you ready to whip your business into shape? Join the Childcare Bootcamp or Accelerator to get the curriculum, coaching, and community you need to kickstart your business in 2024.


20 spots are available for Care Bootcamp

16 spots are available for Care Accelerator

Multilingual learners of English can call Lutheran Social Services at 605-731-2000 or by text at 605-403-7813.

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About Startup Sioux Falls

Starting a business is hard. We make it easier.

Startup Sioux Falls serves the local business community with innovative programs, practical resources, and downtown spaces. No matter what stage you’re at in your business, we can help you plan the best next step.

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