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.
Honoring Our Parents Shishibé
Friday, June 7
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.
Early Childhood Education Events
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.
Débénwéthêk Parent Group is composed of parents and caregivers of children under 8 years of age and meets every third Thursday of the month from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Zagbëgon. Childcare is provided.
Saturday, June 29
Details coming soon.
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. For more information, please contact Rachel Orvis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us Thursdays this summer starting June 20 and continuing on 6/27, 7/18, 8/1, and 8/15 at Zagbëgon from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. to tend to our Three Sisters Garden. This is a great opportunity to get together and have fun while doing gardening related activities.
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.