Zagbëgon: An Early Learning & Development Academy

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.

Please take note:  

We are currently planning to use "Remote Learning Packets" as the method of instruction beginning fall 2020. Please take this into consideration before applying to ensure this model will meet your family unique needs. We will be unable to hold face to face classes through 2020, nor will we be able to offer video classes.

  • Remote Learning Packets - learning packets will be received by students via regular postal mail. Using a homebased model, these packets will contain a variety of activities to support learning.


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)
Ages 3-4
Lead: Miss Tammy
Lead: Miss Kellie
Assistant: Miss Carrie

Mtegwagké (Woodlands Room)
Ages 4-5
Lead: Miss Dani
Lead: Mr. Jon
Assistant: Miss Liz

The following programs and activities are on hold for the 2020-21 school year:

Field Trips + Gdenwémagnenanêk Mdagwéwen

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.

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


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