The BHSU Little Jackets Learning Center provides a safe, fun and stimulating environment for children while their parents pursue a higher education.

Little Jackets Learning Center

Black Hills State University's Little Jackets Learning Center is a facility for the children of BHSU students, faculty, and staff. The primary objective of The Learning Center is to provide a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for the children we serve, providing opportunities and activities that enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

BHSU Little Jackets Learning Center is licensed yearly through the South Dakota Department of Social Services. All requirements are met including an environmental Health Survey and Fire Inspection.

The Learning Center is licensed for sixty children, serving the needs of children ages four weeks through twelve years of age.

State ratios as determined by the state are as follows:

  • Children under the age of two years: five children per one caregiver.
  • Children age three and older: ten children per one caregiver.

Purposes & Goals

Child care services available at BHSU.The BHSU Little Jackets Learning Center strives to achieve the following purposes and goals:

  • To create a safe and fun learning environment that promotes discovery, divergent thinking, and continual growth in abilities and positive self-image.
  • To provide an educational program to meet the needs of each child with concern for his or her interests, special needs, and talents.
  • To provide opportunities for children to grow and develop through exploration and experimentation with various learning materials and activities.
  • To provide activities that are stimulating, age appropriate, and enhance social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development.

Children learn through play. Play is the child's way of learning, exploring, and understanding the world as well as a source of pleasure. Through play, children test new ideas, practice new skills, and begin to understand relationships.

Hours and Rates

Hours of Center operation are 7:00AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday. The Center follows the University calendar and is closed on holidays. The Center is open 11 months of the year, depending on the needs of the parents. The Center is closed during the month of August.

Registration and Supply Fees:
Parents are assessed a registration fee of $50.00. A supply fee is assessed each semester per child. The fee is $53.25 for children under the age of two and the fee is $63.90 for children three years and older. The supply fee covers materials used on a daily basis to operate the Learning Center.

Hourly Rate:
$3.15 per hour for children two years old and under.
$2.90 per hour for children ages three years and older.
A 26 hour minimum per week is required for each child. Contracts are completed on a semester basis.

Child Care assistance is available to families that qualify. To find out more about this program call: 1-800-227-3020. Applications are available at the Center and also at The Department of Labor.

Food Program

The BHSU Child Care Center participates in the federal Child and Adult Nutrition Food Program. To be eligible for this program, the Child Care Center agrees to provide the children with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack each day, according to federal food guidelines. Parents are required to complete a confidential financial statement that determines the child's eligibility. For those families that are not eligible, food costs are:

Breakfast is $1.30
Lunch is $2.60
Snack is $.45

Staff & Employment

Little Jackets Learning Center employment opportunities.BHSU Little Jackets Learning Center staff are professionals dedicated to providing quality child care in a fun and safe learning environment in which each child can develop at an individual rate to his or her fullest potential. Two full-time employees, the Coordinator and the Assistant Coordinator, four part-time employees, and 16-18 work-study employees staff the Learning Center. All employees are required to attend annual staff training and have current knowledge of first aid practices and are CPR certified.

The Learning Center seeks student workers that want to have fun while gaining valuable work experience for their future career! BHSU Little Jackets will hire students with previous child care experience majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Human Relations. Students will work between 10-12 hours per week while attending classes at Black Hills State University.

If you are interested in a work-study position at the BHSU Child Care Center please fill out an information sheet and submit to David Zanton.

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Contact Us

Do you want to know more about the learning center? Contact us today. Please feel free to call 605.642.6322 or email David.Zanton@BHSU.edu.