Zagbёgon means sprouts in Potawatomi. Our zagbёgon have grown from seeds and now have their own roots. Zagbёgon are peeking out from gokmeskinan (our grandmother earth) so they can look about their world and begin to form their identities and grow stronger with all of creation.
Before applying, please take note:
The Department of Education is currently planning three possible methods of instruction for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Please take this into consideration before applying to ensure every model will meet your family unique needs.
- Distance Learning- Student will receive instruction online, no face-to-face interaction.
- Direct Instruction- face-to-face classroom interaction with teachers and peers
- Hybrid- A combination of the above delivery models.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE - Returning students from the 3 Year Old classrooms: Parents will be contacted individually to assess if you are interested in the new school year. You do not need to apply and are considered returning, unless we are otherwise notified.
Our Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
We believe that every child is a unique creation of the Creator, and that the body, mind and spirit of each child should be nurtured. As such, we seek to meet each child where he or she is emotionally, developmentally, spiritually, educationally and socially, and we apply these principles to each facet of our planning, instruction and activities. Children will experience fun and friendships under the guidance of teachers and staff who embrace and model the culture and heritage of the Potawatomi people.
All children and their families will have a healthy sense of identity and belonging.
To serve children, families and community by creating a safe and nurturing environment that provides social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and academic support.
Zibé (River Room)
Lead: Miss Tammy
Lead: Miss Kellie
Assistant: Miss Carrie
Mtegwagké (Woodlands Room)
Lead: Miss Dani
Lead: Mr. Jon
Assistant: Miss Liz
Y-Club: Zagbëgon After Care
2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays + Thursdays | Zagbëgon
Mondays + Wednesdays | Family Activities Center
Zagbëgon students now can attend nearby, culturally rich after school care on Pokagon land! Thanks to a partnership between the YMCA of Greater Michiana and the Pokagon Band, preschoolers can participate in free, Y-quality afterschool care at the Pokagon Family Activities Center and Zagbëgon. Students will enjoy creative movement, cultural activities, and age-appropriate enrichment. If the child is on Rogers Lake Campus, they will be brought over by bus. Please note that transportation will not be provided home from the program. Families are to pick up promptly at 6:00 pm at each designated location depending on the day.
Register your Zagbëgon student today by calling Jessica Brady at (269) 783-2469.
Hours of Operation
8:30 A.M. -2:30 P.M.
- Must be at least 3 years old by Sept 1
- Must be potty-trained
- Applicants will be selected on a first come first serve basis, pending tier status
- Tier 1: Pokagon Band citizens, siblings, and/or residents in a Pokagon household;
- Tier 2: Other Native Americans;
- Tier 3: All Other; Special consideration will be given to PBOPI employees for Tier 3 status
- Three Social Services referrals per classroom will be reserved for emergency placement status