The Early Childhood Education program offers services to help promote early literacy, family strengthening, school readiness, and quality education for children birth through Pre-K. There are many exciting events for children and families throughout the year! Children are required to have an Educational Release on file to participate. If you have any questions about Early Childhood Education programs and events contact Autumn Laraway, early childhood educational associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 462-4327.
The Early Childhood Education program offers workshops named Gwikwé'amen. The verb "gwikwé'amen" talks about us wrapping a child in a blanket as a symbol of love and devotion. This comes from our hearts and the desire to take care of each other. It is our job to look out for one another, especially our children.
details coming soon
Zagbëgon Field Trips + Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Individuals wishing to attend Zagbëgon field trips and/or Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen will need to complete a background check. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Rinehart at (269) 783-2469.
Sledding field trip
Thursday, January 16
Movie Night Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Thursday, January 30
Chocolate Factory field trip
Thursday, February 20
Winter Formal Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Thursday, February 27
Library field trip
Thursday, March 19
Dental Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Thursday, March 26
Children's Museum field trip
Thursday, April 16
Conscious Discipline Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Thursday, April 30
Hesston Train Station field trip
Thursday, May 14
Alligator Farm field trip
Thursday, May 21
Shishibé Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen
Thursday, May 21
Early Childhood Education Events
Spring Into Your Local Library (registration coming soon)
Baby Celebration (registration coming soon)
Honoring Our Parents Shishibé (registration coming soon)
Débénwéthêk Parent Group
In Potawatomi, Débénwéthêk means the ones who take care of others. The goal of Débénwéthêk Parent Group is to develop opportunities for Pokagon families to spend quality time with one another and create meaningful experiences together. DPG is being restructured. There will be no meetings until further notice. Please stay tuned.
First Wednesday of each month
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Zagbëgon: An Early Learning & Development Academy
Neshnabé mbokén is a children's book club, which will have a focus on Native American books & authors. This program is open to the public and welcomes all ages to attend. For more information, please contact Erin Byrket-Burggraf at email@example.com.
PALS (Play and Learn Social)
Join other parents and children ages 0–8 for an opportunity to engage with one another in play and learning activities every first and third Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Location varies, but the group generally meets in the PHS Multi-Purpose Room. Quarterly field trips are held on Fridays. For more information, please contact Rachel Orvis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practice the "Bozho Song" with your child(ren) at home! Just play the video below.
*These gatherings will be cancelled due to extreme weather in accordance with Dowagiac Schools, if they issue a delay or if they cancel school altogether.