Little Jackets Learning Center set to close August 21st

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Little Jackets Learning Center is an early childhood education program that has significant benefits for local children. And after decades of serving the community they will be closing their doors on August 21st.

A letter issued out to all parents who have kids attending Little Jackets stated, Black Hills State University is moving into the future with a re-imagining of the learning center.

While parents and faculty are unsure what that re-imagining entails, one thing they do know is that they must find childcare somewhere else. One mother who has two kids attending Little Jackets says it has been near impossible to find another daycare in town.

“It has been really unfortunate” said Nikita Heinert, who has two kids enrolled at Little Jackets. “My son really enjoyed going to Little Jackets, he went there for about a year and now its been so hard to try and find a new daycare. With everyone scrambling to find one themselves, every one is full. It’s been impossible.”

Students and faculty of BHSU are going to use this time to better understand the direction they would like Little Jackets to head towards in the future.

Vice President of Black Hills State University academic affairs, Priscilla Romkema said “How could we better serve the students who are studying educations at Black Hills State University? And, of course, serving those who are in early childhood education and also perhaps families and more fully integrate with the K-12 system perhaps. So what we are engaged in now is really a time of brainstorming, imagining, and ultimately planning so that we can execute something within a fairly short amount of time.”

The plan is to reopen the leaning center within the next year, in the meantime the university will be working with students, faculty, and families to find out how they can improve the learning center.

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