The first day of school for our Learn 'n Grow Preschool students is the first week of September and workers are very busy getting it ready to open. This nature-based preschool, set on five acres of land, is a unique offering in West Michigan. Thanks to our voters, Otsego is the first in Allegan County to have a stand-alone, nature-based preschool and early childhood education center as a part of its public school district.
This will be the new home for a record number of students. There are 145 students enrolled for the 2019-20 school year with many taking advantage of our wrap-around childcare services for before and after their school day. Learn 'n Grow offers a preschool education for 3-5 year olds.
Workers have been at the site non-stop since the groundbreaking in November. They had a mild start to the winter which helped when arctic air then the spring rains came in. But the building is scheduled to open on time and under the $4.2 million budget. Recently, the football team spent an entire day helping to lay sod for the playground; along with our grounds crew, director of operations and early childhood education director, they got 10,000 yards down. The football team and the soccer team were back the next day finishing up what they could and cleaning up part of the nature areas that surround the building. The playground is a busy place with special features being custom built for play and learning. The building has the same security features as our K-12 schools with a buzzer entry system and fencing around the playground (which will be new to our elementary schools this year.)
This building was not only approved and funded by voters, but will be an asset to the entire community. The multi-purpose room is a large area with a bathroom and warming kitchen nearby, so it can be rented out. It would make a great spot for meetings, bridal or baby showers or birthday parties.
Stay tuned for details of a community open house after it opens to students.