The Early Childhood Program offers young children, and their families, experiences where the children learn through play, make choices, increase social skills, and build self-confidence. The Early Childhood Program offers both home based and center based options. Inclusive classes are located in neighborhood elementary schools for preschool age children and in some of the high schools for children age birth to 3. Families are involved in the program through volunteer opportunities, development, and leadership.
The Early Childhood Program services have multiple funding streams, including Head Start, Title I Preschool, State Aid-Funded Preschool, Nebraska Department of Education, Health and Human Services, Sixpence and special needs funding.
We, as educators in the Lincoln Public Schools, believe the early childhood years are critical exciting times in childrens’ 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.
Partnering with children and families to become successful members of a community in a safe and inclusive environment for everyone to grow and learn together.
For children and their families the Early Childhood Program provides:
All Options provide comprehensive services in the areas of Parent Engagement, Nutrition, Health, Social Services, Education, Disabilities, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Please Call 402-436-1994 to schedule an appointment or come to the Early Childhood Program Office located in the District Office at 5905 O St. When applying to the Early Childhood Program you must present a certified birth certificate for your child, your child’s immunization record, and income verification for the past year (previous years tax return, W-2, or check stub). A list of income sources that must be reported is included with the application cover sheet. We make photocopies of all required documents for our files.
Once an application is completed, (including the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and income verification) the application is processed and your child is placed on the waiting list in a priority order. Selection and placement of children is determined and all families are notified to let them know if their child is accepted or will remain on the waiting list for the present time.
Applications are prioritized by several categories, including the child’s age, the family’s income and all information provided in the application. Those with the highest priority are accepted into the program first. If two applications have the same priority rating, the one that was received first will be considered first.
Volunteers are welcome in the Early Childhood Program. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer should contact the volunteer coordinator at (402-436-1995) to set up an appointment for orientation. Volunteers will be required to complete some paperwork and work with the volunteer coordinator to set up a specific location for volunteering. If you prefer to complete the paperwork before coming to the appointment, you can access it here volunteer agreement , and confidentiality policy These forms need to be completed and turned in to the Early Childhood Office during the orientation.
All adults – parents, volunteers, staff – are required to sign a Request for Information which will be sent to the State of Nebraska Adult and Child Abuse and Neglect Registry. You will be asked to complete the form during an enrollment session before your child begins Early Childhood classes.
Dr. Linda Hix
Interim Director of Federal Programs
firstname.lastname@example.org | 402-436-1988
5905 O Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510