Due  to inclement weather some of the Early Childhood Application days have been cancelled. Families are able to apply for any school locations at any of the application events. Please attend any one of these scheduled dates to apply. If you have any questions, you may contact the Early Childhood Office at 531.299.0303.

Due to inclement weather the Early Childhood Application event scheduled at Belvedere on Wednesday, February 20 was cancelled.  Families are able to apply for any of our school locations at any application event.  Please attend one of these other dates to apply.  Below is a list of application dates at locations that are near Belvedere.

TAC – March 20 @ 5-7pm
Fontenelle - March 25 @1-3pm (call for an appointment @ 402.457.5905)
Sherman - March 27 @ 1-3pm
Hartman - March 28 @ 9:15-11:45am
Skinner - March 28 @ 1-3pm
TAC – March 30 @ 9am-12pm

Pinewood - April 1 @ 9:30-11:30am & 12:30-2:30pm (call for an appointment @ 402.561.6000)

Enrollment into OPS Early Childhood Programs for the 2019-2020 school year

Omaha Public Schools 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, 2019, we invite you to apply for an Early Childhood Program.  Application days begin on February 4, 2019 and continue through April 4, 2019.  You will need to bring your child to be screened, along with the following documents: the child’s original birth certificate, the child’s current immunization record, proof of address in the parent/legal guardian’s name (OPPD, MUD, Cox or Century Link bill, letter from Nebraska Health & Human Services or lease/purchase agreement) and proof of all 2018 family income (TANF/ADC, SSI letter, Child Support, 1098, 1099, 1040, 8453, all 2018 W-2’s, 12 months of check stubs, and/or letter from employer).  The parent/Legal guardian must be present to complete the application. Please note: Our preschool program is funded by state and federal grants that require us to select students based on a number of factors. Applying for our program, does not guarantee that your child will be enrolled for the 2019/2020 school year.  Additional information is available on the OPS Website ( or by calling the Early Childhood Office at 531-299-0303.

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Douglas County Head Start
3215 Cuming Street, Rm. 3-136
Omaha, NE 68131

Phone: 531-299-0303
Fax: 531-299-0398

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Good morning Families,
Tuesday, August 22nd, is the official start date for our Early Childhood children. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2017-2018 school year.

Welcome to Omaha Public Schools Head Start. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to our children and families. We recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children. As Head Start staff, we support families by providing opportunities for them to be involved in their child's education and assist families in setting achievable goals. Our Head Start/Early Head Start grant provides services to 949 children. Omaha Public Schools partners with EDUCARE of Omaha, as a delegate who serves our Early Head Start as well as Head Start families.

The Head Start Program also works collaboratively with the district's Pre-K and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs to provide integrated preschool services across the school district. Our programs work together to meet Nebraska Department of Education standards and Head Start Performance Standards. This inclusive approach allows us to enhance our existing preschool programs to ensure children's school readiness, social/emotional and physical health, as well as ensuring families' needs are being met.

Mrs. Cindy Rasmussen, Head Start Supervisor