05/01/2020 Early Childhood Weekly Update

Lincoln Public Schools Early Childhood families,

Below is your LPS update for the week of May 4, 2020. Please continue to check your email and our website regularly.

Join the #TestNebraskaChallenge

TestNebraska is a new initiative to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing. Every Nebraskan is being asked to go to TestNebraska.com and take a quick, five-minute assessment. This will help figure out where in the state testing needs to occur, and what your risk level is. Get started with three simple steps:

  1. Answer a few questions to determine your current risk.
  2. They can’t test everyone, but they will prioritize testing for those who currently have symptoms, have interacted with someone who has already tested positive, or have recently visited places where COVID-19 is more widespread.
  3. If you do test positive, they will ask you to answer some questions to help isolate the infection rate.

Take the assessment now: TestNebraska.com.

Kindergarten Registration & Assessment

Do you have or know a child that will be five before July 31 and ready to start kindergarten? It’s time to register! Because of current health directives, we are only taking online registrations at this time. Please visit our website to start the registration process. You will need your child’s birth certificate to get started. If you have questions or can’t fill out the online application, please call your school. Will your child turn five years of age between August 1 and October 15? They are eligible to participate in an assessment July 7-9 to determine possible early entrance into kindergarten. Visit our webpage for more information.

Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals

Any family can pick up free meals weekly for their children ages 1-18 every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information about distribution locations, go to our website lps.org and enter keyword “food”.

From the Food Bank of Lincoln

Any family is welcome to pick up pre-packaged bags of food from the Lincoln Food Bank during their food distribution. More information about their schedule can be found here.


The MyLNK app provides a free, one-stop guide of resources in Lincoln. This app makes it easy for families to learn about, connect, and utilize services in our community. The MyLNK app works without a data plan or Wi-Fi. It is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. Click here for more information.

Social and Emotional Supports

LPS students and families can now connect with school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and psychotherapists through Zoom conferencing. Click here for more information.

Contacting Us

We know you will continue to have questions or concerns. You are invited to contact us through our website by clicking on the blue “Contact Us” button, or by calling the Early Childhood Department at 402-436-1995. During this time of Pandemic Closure, our staff will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Complete the 2020 Census Now

The 2020 Census is happening right now. Everyone living in the United States is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone or by email. Your responses are confidential and important. For more information go to 2020census.gov.