Learn 'n Grow Preschool began at Otsego Public Schools in the fall of 2007 with one 4-year-old classroom at Washington Street Elementary. There were just six students in the classroom in that first year. The following year, the program expanded to offer a 3-year-old program and both classrooms were full. By the fall of 2012, Otsego Public Schools expanded this tuition-based program to all three elementary schools in the district and allocated state funding to support two 4-year-old sessions to help at-risk families. We now enroll 92 preschool students each year in our two 3-year-old classrooms and four 4-year-old classrooms. We're excited to bring all of our classrooms together in the Learn 'n Grow Early Childhood Education Center in the fall of 2019.
Our new building is possible through the support of Otsego district voters who passed a Bond Extension in November 2017. This provided $5.7 million to construct a new, nature-based preschool in an undeveloped, wooded area of the OPS campus. We broke ground on the new building on November 14, 2018 and will open in September 2019.