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.

Enrollment into OPS Early Childhood Programs.

For the 2018/2019 school year, all preschool classroom enrollment has been finalized. We are no longer accepting new applications for the 2018-2019 year.

Families who applied for preschool have received notification letters that indicated whether their child was selected for a classroom slot or if their child was placed on our wait list. As classroom slots open, our office will contact families from the wait list for specific schools.

Over 1,830 applications were taken for the 2018/2019 year, and we had approximately 955 open classroom slots for this upcoming school year. Our current wait list consists of 875 students.

If you were not selected for our preschool program or if you did not apply for preschool, we encourage you to reapply next winter for the 2019/2020 school year. Please watch this site regularly for updates about our application and enrollment process.


Enrollment into Kindergarten for the 2018/2019 school year

If your child is five years of age by 7/31/2018 and wish to enroll your child into kindergarten, please contact the Student Placement office at 531-299-0302.


Early Childhood Classes Begin on Monday, August 20, 2018

Families whose child was enrolled into our preschool program, will receive a Fall Opening Letter that shares important information about your child's teacher and school. Safe Walk to School Night is held at each elementary school prior to the first day of school. Please mark your calendars with this important date so you have the opportunity to visit your school and meet your child's teacher before August 20th.


Safe Walk to School Nights 

Omaha Public Schools elementary buildings will open their doors to families for the annual Safe Walk to School Night beginning on Wednesday, July 25 to give parents and students an opportunity to establish a safe route to school, meet teachers and fellow classmates. Click on Safe Walk to view events at your school.





Early Childhood Application Days Schedule
Our Early Childhood Program offers a wide range of quality Early Childhood Programs. If you have a child who will be three or four years old on or before July 31, 2018, we invite you to apply for our Early Childhood Program for the 2018-2019 school year. Application days begin in February and continue through March.  We encourage you to attend your neighborhood school's scheduled date, however if that date does not work for your family you are welcome to attend any of the scheduled dates.  You will need to bring your child for screening, the child’s original birth certificate, the child’s immunization record, proof of address and proof of 2017 family income. Haga clic aquí para español.

For Enrollment Information Please Contact our Main Office:

Teacher Administrative Center (TAC)

3215 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68131, Rm 3-136
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

Michelle Jareske

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

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

Robin Jefferson

Title:  Secretary
Phone:  (531) 299-9688

Ruth Ryberg

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

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







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