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 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







March 26, 2018 - This is the last week our office will be taking applications for the 2018-2019 Early Childhood program year. Your family may attend any of the scheduled events to complete an application because all applications will come to the TAC building where selection process will take place.

Please review Early Childhood Application Days schedule for the remaining dates.

Jennifer Garner Touts Importance of Quality Early Childhood Education in Visit to Washington, D.C.

Celebrating Week of the Young Child 2018

Dates:  Week of the Young Child ~ April 16-20, 2018
Theme:  Celebrating our Youngest Learners, Their Teachers and Their Families

Listed below are the national themes and ideas for ways to celebrate during the WOYC.

Daily Themes and Ideas for Classrooms
April 16, 2018  Music Monday:  
Teach children a song to sing on Family Fun Day
April 17, 2018 Tasty Tuesday (Healthy Eating and fitness at home and at school)

April 18, 2018  Work Together Wednesday (Work Together, Build Together, Learn Together)
(Learning to Cooperate/Share):  Plan a cooperative learning activity -- for example:  WOYC Mural to hang in the school, or a recycling project
April 19, 2018  Artsy Thursday
 (Think, Problem Solve, Create):  Plan a creativity provoking art activity using recyclables to support the Recycling Study
April 20, 2018  Family Friday
 (Sharing Family Stories):  We suggest that Family Fun Day (FFD) be held on Friday and involve families in sharing family stories.  Teachers could ask families to write out/illustrate a family story, as homework ahead of time, and then families could share their stories on FFD.

Week of the Young Child T-shirt Artwork Contest

The winner of the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) 2018 T-shirt Artwork Contest is…
Student:  Andrea Ortega Avitia

Teacher's Name
:  Antoinette Curtis

School:  Sherman
Age:  5 Years Old

Andrea's artwork was chosen because it is a nice depiction of our Early Childhood Program, the figures are different colors and unique, but are holding hands and united.

Congratulations, Andrea! Andrea's artwork is being printed on our WOYC 2018 T-shirts, and she will receive a free t-shirt.

  • WOYC T-shirts may be purchased by teachers, families, colleagues, and anyone interested in supporting early childhood education.
  • (The intent is to wear the T-shirts during WOYC to promote the importance of early childhood education.) 
  • The Week of the Young Child T-shirt and the Order Form may be viewed by clicking  the order form link.
  • Anyone ordering by Credit Card will go on the website to place their order. The order can be under a school/teacher, or the TAC building with your room number.
  • For cash/check, submit a completed order form with your cash/check to their child's teacher.
  • If you are within the TAC building, submit your order form and cash/check to Dairen Estrada (TAC, Rm 3-136).

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