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November 07, 2017 06:06 PM

Quick Survey To Help Kids

Sioux Falls, SD

Do you know what your kids do outside of school? Sioux Falls Thrive wants to know.

The community organization is looking for parent input to help it fill the gaps in after-school programs.

If you have 15 minutes and an internet connection, you could help kids in the Sioux Falls area just by answering some questions.

"It's really just asking in general how many kids they have and what the kids are doing while they're at work and their ideas for how we might improve those services," Sioux Falls Thrive President Candy Hanson said. 

The Thrive Survey for parents is an online questionnaire to take a more in-depth look at the way kids are spending their free time when parents aren't home. Kids only spend about 14-percent of their time in school, so the city wants to know where kids are going.

Once the surveys are complete, the Augustana Research group will organize the data.

"When that's done, we'll turn over the results to an action team and then the action team will work on closing gaps and making better use of our resources," Hanson said. 

Hanson hopes to get enough feedback to really understand any problems parents might face with child care and program shortages.

Right now, she says they have around 200 surveys completed.  She wants at least 800 more.

"It really gives you a better understanding of the true needs of the community. The more people we can get to respond, the better the odds that we're really going to identify where the gaps are," Hanson said.

Hanson says anyone with children is invited to complete the survey posted on their website.

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