Meet Your Instructor

Darci Stanford, Child Development

Faculty photoWork Background
My academic teaching experience has been in a variety of subjects and learning environments.   I have spent the last five-years as a Family Life Educator at a Sanford Health in Sioux Falls providing classes and technical assistance to parents and childcare providers.  Prior to that, I was the Program Manager for an education program for adult inmates in South Dakota.  Academically over the past 10 years, I have taught Sociology and Speech Communication courses in community college, technical institute, private and public university environments; mainly as an adjunct instructor.  In addition to adult education, I have experience as an Infant/Toddler Program and School-Age Program Coordinator, Family Counselor, Early Childhood Education Assistant, and Preschool Teacher. 

Education Background
I have a Master of Science degree specializing in Human Development, Child and Family Studies with a minor in Counseling from South Dakota State University (Go Jackrabbits!). 

Personal Background
I hail from the town of Madison, SD where I was raised and attended school through high school.  After that, I called Sioux Falls, SD home for approximately the last 15 years.  We moved to Owatonna, MN in August of 2008.  I have been married to my husband, John, for 11 years and we have three wonderful children, Brodee-10, Karingtan 6- and Bo-3.

Phone: 507-332-5827

South Central Online Courses:

  • Child Growth & Development
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Infant/Toddler Development and Learning Experiences
  • Preschool Development and Learning Experiences
  • Social-Emotional Development & Learning Experiences
  • Professional Leadership
  • Management of Child Care Programs
  • Strategies of Staff Development  
  • Financial Aspects of Child Care Administration 
  • Managing Multiple Sites  
  • Practicum Project