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Early Childhood Education


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The Early Childhood Program is no longer taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year. All complete applications taken during application days will be processed for consideration for the early childhood program. We select children for our program based on various student needs and classroom availability. In early July, families who completed an application will receive a letter that indicates if their child was selected for enrollment or if their child will be placed onto our waitlist. Thank you for your patience.

For Enrollment Information Please Contact:

Main Office


Room 3-136


Teacher Administrative Center (TAC)

3215 Cuming Street

Omaha, NE 68131

Phone: 531-299-0303

Fax: 531-299-0398


When you visit TAC:

Take the elevator to the

3rd Floor, Room 3-136


Head Start


Julie Hoogestraat

Title:  Early Childhood Supervisor
Phone:  (531) 299-9694
Responsibilities:  Omaha Public Schools Responsibilities

Michelle Jareske

Title:  Early Childhood Supervisor
Phone:  (531) 299-9693

Darnisha Ladd

Title:  Student Family Services Placement Admin.
Phone:  (531) 299-9708

Cindy Rasmussen

Title:  Head Start Supervisor
Phone:  (531) 299-9683

Barbara Burton

Title:  Lead Data Technician
Phone:  (531) 299-9685

Dairen Estrada

Title:  Receptionist
Phone:  (531) 299-9687

Darcy Linn

Title:  Head Start Lead Teacher
Phone:  (531) 299- 9692

Lyrus Peak

Title:  Governance & Parent Engagement Facilitator
Phone:  402-557-2757

Robin Jefferson

Title:  Secretary
Phone:  (531) 299-9688

Ruth Ryberg

Title:  Family & Community Engagement Manager
Phone:  (531) 299-9690

Jen Sturgeon

Title:  Special Education Supervisor
Phone:  (531) 299-9569

Carrie Baden

Title:  Lead Teacher
Phone:  (531) 299-9698

Jason Woods

Title:  Special Education Data Technician
Phone:  (531) 299-9527

About Early Childhood Education

Why Omaha Public Schools Early Childhood Education?
The Omaha Public Schools believes in an inclusive approach to learning. All children are assisted in reaching their highest potential by actively engaging in authentic learning experiences in a school environment. There are various program models that currently serve nearly 2,400 children in 130 classrooms. Our inclusive services are provided through several programs, but all operate under the Omaha Public Schools “Umbrella of Early Childhood Education”.

Mission of Early Childhood Education
The Omaha Public Schools Early Childhood Program prepares young children for success in school and life by providing:
· Quality learning experiences in inclusive environments
· Support in developing social/emotional and academic skills
· Opportunities to empower families in the education of their young children

Our Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood program in the Omaha Public Schools is based on the belief that every child is diverse and uniquely gifted with the capacity to learn. The OPS program capitalizes on the natural curiosity of children by designing meaningful learning experiences to promote language, literacy, cognitive, physical and social/emotional development, in a safe and secure environment. Instruction is designed to accommodate a broad range of children’s individual needs, learning styles, experiences and interests. Classroom learning will include independent learning, small and large group learning and experiential learning. The purpose of the Omaha Public Schools Early Childhood program is to provide educational opportunities, which enable all students to achieve their potential and develop a love of learning.

Welcome to Early Childhood Education