Early Childhood

Where the journey of life long learning begins…

Where the journey of life long learning begins…

Welcome!  Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood Program prepares children for kindergarten and beyond.  Our comprehensive program allows us to partner with families to provide a solid educational foundation for children in the Lincoln Public School district.

Please note:  The Office of Early Childhood is now located at 300 S. 48th Street.  Please park and enter through the doors on the north side of the building.

We will begin accepting preschool applications on March 2nd for the 2015-16 school year.  Please click here for the 2015-16 application.

Our Philosophy:
We, as educators in the Lincoln Public Schools, believe the early childhood years are critical and exciting times in children’s lives. We recognize each child as a unique person with an individual pattern and rate of learning and growth. During these formative years, families, educators, and communities join together as educational partners to provide safe, caring, stimulating learning environments, which actively engage developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices.

The Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood Programs provide quality learning experiences to help promote growth of young children and their families. We do this by offering a variety of free quality programs from birth, including our student child learning centers, our birth-five early childhood special education services and half-day preschool with several options to best meet the needs of families.

All of the LPS preschool sites are staffed by certified teachers, the leading indicator of quality programming that holds to strict standards, and is research-based.  The curriculum also features the availability of an array of support services ranging from home visits to family events to screening referrals.  Click here to explore the comprehensive early childhood programs we offer at LPS.


Cara Lucas-Richt

Director of Early Childhood

402-436-1995 | clucas2@lps.org

Monica Asher

Early Childhood - Infant/Toddler Coordinator

402-436-1968 | masher@lps.org

Khara Malcom

Early Childhood Special Education - Home/Community Based Coordinator

402-436-1675 | kmalcom2@lps.org

Tricia Phillips

Early Childhood - Preschool Coordinator

402-436-1996 | tphilli@lps.org

Sara Quiroz

Lead Services Coordinator

402-436-1484 | squiroz@lps.org

Jennifer Wagner

Early Childhood Special Education - Preschool Coordinator

402-436-1712 | jwagner2@lps.org