• The Okemos Public Schools Begindergarten program is designed for young 5 year olds and prepares students for Kindergarten. The program gives children from all Okemos neighborhoods an added opportunity to grow and mature prior to entering Kindergarten the following year. 

    There are no eligibility requirements for the district-wide program, other than age. Children entering Begindergarten in the fall, must be 5 years old on or before December 1st of that school year. This program is an excellent opportunity and priority is given to students with birthdays that fall between September 1st and December 1st. The program is optional and is open to all Okemos families. 

    Only 20 children are accepted. If there are more than 20 in-district applicants, a lottery is done, and the remaining applicants are placed on a waiting list. There is not a fee to be part of this program, however, bus transportation is not provided for students. The application window will run from April 13th at 8:00 am until April 22nd at 8:00 am.

    Please make note of the following dates:

    April 13th  - Application window opens at 8:00 AM. 

    April 22nd - Application window closes at 8:00 AM

    April 23rd - Families receive notification of placement in program or on the waitlist

    For registration information regarding Begindergarten, please contact Kelly Herald at (517) 706-5402