• STURGIS, SD – 8/29/16  As Meade School District students return to school today, families in the Sturgis area have three new options for state licensed child care services.

    This is opening day for Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks Daycare in Sturgis. First Step Child Care Center & Pre-School at Fort Meade opened last month. Combined, the three facilities employ 33 and are able to serve 272 children, ages 6-weeks and up. They provide a variety of services including pre-school, day care, after-school programs, extended hours and school busing.  

    These new child care services help support the amazing residential growth in Sturgis. They also address the needs of our area’s largest employers for more affordable, dependable daycare services with extended hours. Also, educational indicators point to a continued significant increase in the number of preschool children.  

    The Board of Directors of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the owners, managers and everyone involved with First Step, Discovery Kids University and Better Building Blocks for their commitment and investment in the continued growth of our community. We hope you will share their contact information below with those considering child care services or employment opportunities.  

    First Step Child Care Center & Pre-School-Ft. Meade
    85 Custer Avenue, Fort Meade, SD 57741
    Phone office:
    Phone main building: 605-720-7094

    Leigha Patterson, Operations Manager


    Licensed for 60 children, 6-weeks and up


    Discovery Kids University

    198 Old Stone Road, Sturgis, SD 57785

    Phone: (605) 545-0115

    Caleb Grenz, Director

    Email: director@discoverykidsuniversity.com


    Licensed for 106 children, 6-weeks and up


    Better Building Blocks Daycare

    850 Main Street

    Sturgis, SD 57785

    Phone: 605-490-8344 

    Wendi Eixenberger, Director


    Licensed for 106 children, 6-weeks and up