Welcome to 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.

Early Childhood Applications are now open for the 2021-2021 school year. The application window is open from February 8th through March 19th, 2021.  You can apply by clicking here 

Note: Families are applying and not registering nor enrolling for preschool.  Families will be notified in the summer if their child was selected or placed on a waitlist. 

Las solicitudes para Educación a Temprana Edad estan ahora disponibles para el año escolar 2021-2021.  El período de solicitud es del 8 de febrero al 19 de marzo, 2021. Usted puede llenar la solicitud al hacer clic aquí

Nota: Las familias estan aplicando y no registrandose, ni inscribiendose para el prescolar.  Las familias serán notificadas en el verano si su hijo fue seleccionado o incluido en la lista de espera. 

To apply for the 2021-2022 school year, click here to access the Early Childhood Education application.

Michelle Harris (Jareske)

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

Cindy Rasmussen

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

TeSha Smith

Title:  Family Support Specialist
Phone:  531-299-9146

Barbara Burton

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

Dairen Estrada Navarro

Title:  Educational Technician
Phone:  (531) 299-9687

Felicia Tweedy

Title:  Early Childhood Special Education Supervisor
Phone:  (531) 299-9519

Carrie Baden

Title:  Early Childhood Special Education Lead Teacher
Phone:  (531) 299-9698

Jason Woods

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

Click here to open the English Spanish Early Childhood Handbook