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