• Please view our Begindergarten Informational Presentation for important program details. 

    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 3, 2023 at 8:00 am until April 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

    Please make note of the following dates for the 2023-2024 school year:

    April 3, 2023  - Application window opens at 8:00 AM. 

    April 14, 2023 - Application window closes at 5:00 PM

    Week of April 17, 2023 - Families receive notification of placement in begindergarten or on the waitlist

    For registration information regarding Begindergarten, please contact Rose Sarmiento-Temple at (517) 706-5402