The Early Childhood Program providesÌýa safe and nurturing learning environment focused on the wholeÌýchild.
Our youngest students thrive throughÌýengaging, high quality learning experiences. We partner with families as a childâ€™s first teacher,Ìýand developÌýrelationships with our community to deliver services early.
Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Secretary for Title I/Preschool
Facilitator for Early Childhood and K-5 Literacy Intervention
Do you have questions or concernsÌýabout your childâ€™s development?Ìý We offer free developmental screenings and or evaluations. Our early childhood development specialists may recommend an evaluation for your child's skills.Ìý The screening or evaluation will help determine if there is a delay in your child's skills and if early childhood special education may be appropriate.Ìý Ìýor contactÌýJean Savage atÌýjasavage@mpsomaha.org orÌý402.715.8302.
Some children may qualify for our home visiting program. This program isÌýcommitted to improving the school readiness and life outcomes of infants and toddlers, especially those most vulnerable to risk factors affecting early brain development and skill formation. Home visitsÌýfocus on young children who experience particular risk factorsÌýknown to affect kindergarten readiness and academic achievement. For more information or to see if you or someone you know may qualify for home visiting, call 402.715.6392. ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ is grateful to theÌýÌýand theÌýÌýfor their financial support of these programs.
Do you have questions or concernsÌýabout your childâ€™s development?Ìý We offer free developmental screenings and or evaluations. The screening or evaluation will help determine if there is a delay in your child's skills and if early childhood special education may be appropriate.Ìý Ìýor contactÌýJean Savage atÌýjasavage@mpsomaha.org orÌý402.715.8302.
²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Preschools offer both half day and full day options for children younger thanÌýkindergarten age. Preschool age is defined by theÌýNebraska Department of Education asÌýchildrenÌýwho have not reached the age of five on or before July 31st of the currentÌýschool year.
Our preschools provide learning experiences that help young children get ready for kindergarten.ÌýThe curriculum reflects the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ's preschool standards and indicators. ItÌýalignsÌýwith our elementary programÌýto provide a seamless transition to school.ÌýOngoing formative assessment and collaborative planning support the diverse developmental, academic, cultural, and family needs of our students.ÌýThe preschool schedule includes whole group, small group, and independent learning opportunities.ÌýOne-third of the time is spent in individual choice interest areas that allow children to explore and expand their learning through play. ÌýThese different structures areÌýprovided to support social-emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. ÌýEarly literacy experiences focus on oral language, basic concepts, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics, and listening comprehension. Early mathematics experiences focus on number sense, problem-solving, and basic concepts in the areas of geometry/spatial sense, measurement, reasoning, patterns/relationships, and using data. Additional learning opportunities include dramatic play, block play, writing, math, art, music and movement, science and discovery, library exploration, technology,Ìýfine motor, and outdoor playtime.
The childâ€™s home and school are their two most important worlds. Our goal is to ensure that we recognize and support parentsÌýas the childâ€™s first teacher. We welcomeÌýfamilies and partner with them.ÌýRegularly scheduled family engagement activities and parent education opportunities are an important component of our preschool program. Ìý
Please note, families must submit the application by a deadline of February 15th. You must reside within the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public School District boundaries in order to apply for the Traditional Preschool Program.Ìý If you live outside of the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public School District boundaries, please contact your home district for early childhood services.Ìý
Montessori Early Childhood (Ages 3-6)
The Montessori program is an option that provides an environment consistent with Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy in which children learn through spontaneous and prescribed activities based on developmental needs as they become self-directed. ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ has preschool through grade 5 at two elementary buildings and grades 6-8 at one middle school.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the role of education is to create a learning laboratory where the individual is allowed to continue the developmental process, a process begun at conception. This process assists the individual to grow up with a healthy spirit, a strong character and a clear intellect, realizing the interdependence with all of life. The elements of the educational process include the following:
- Methodology is based on movement, activity and habits of work and order.
- The child is guided, moving from simple to complex and concrete to abstract concepts for perceptual and conceptual proficiency.
- The child learns to become inner-directed or self-directed rather than "other-directed".
- There is intrinsic concern for rhythm, balance, and order, which make the life process possible and provides continuity in nature and the universe.
- Each Montessori classroom is multi-aged. Preprimary is ages 3-6 or preschool and kindergarten.
- The classroom environment is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child.
- The curriculum is interdisciplinary and interactive.
- Concepts are taught using materials that encourage exploration, independence and analytical thinking.
- Lessons are given individually as children are ready for the skill or concept.
- Drama and art are integrated into the prepared environment.
Please note, families living in the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ School district must submit the application by February 15th, 2024. ÌýFamilies living outside of the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ School district must apply before March 15, 2024.
Two committees advise ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Early Childhood.
Early Childhood Advisory Committee
²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ, along with community partners vested in early childhood education, meet periodically to work collaboratively for ways to best serve all young children and families in the district and maximize all available resources for the community's use. ÌýMeetings are open for anyone to attend. For more information on the Early Childhood Advisory Committee, or if you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Cheris Kite at email@example.com or 402-715-1431.
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February 22, 2024 (Ron Witt Support Services Center)Ìý-ÌýAgenda & Minutes
May 2, 2024 (Zoom) - Agenda & Minutes
Planning Region 21
Planning Region 21 is a group ofÌýparents and communityÌýprofessionals representing ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ and our families. The group isÌýresponsible for assisting in the planning and implementationÌýof Early Intervention Services.ÌýThe purpose of the Planning team is to assist in the planning and developmentÌýof family-centered, community-based services for all children, with emphasis onÌýthose with disabilities, birth to age five.
We welcome those who are interested in attending a meeting or joining Planning Region 21. Please contact Amanda Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-715-8302 for additional information.
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Planning Region 21 Members
- Ellen Bennett - Nebraska Respite Network
- Kim Bolan -Education/CoChair
- Erin Bovick - Parent of a child with special needs
- April Carter -ÌýEarly Learning Connection PD Assistant Coordinator
- Allison Domsch - Services Coordinator
- Jennifer Haggart - Early Learning Connection
- Amanda Hunt - Education/Chair
- Kim Jipp - Services Coordinator
- Shaista Kiran -ÌýParent of a child with special needs
- Cheris Kite - EC Curriculum Facilitator
- Christa Kreft - CRCC - SW Site Director of Operations
- Sarah Lahman - Kidvanced
- Denise Larson - Education
- Christine McKinney - Services Coordinator
- Lisa Meyer - Curr Dir/Comm Liaison - Imagination Station
- Mandy MeyerÌý-ÌýParent of a child with special needs
- Becky Morton - Early Learning Connections
- Ashley Nielsen -ÌýParent of a child with special needs
- Sara Reiff - Services Coordinator
- Nicole Vogel - Services Coordinator
- Linda Walters - ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Home Visitor
- Brittney WhiteÌý- Services Coordinator
Planning Region Grant Opportunities
If you are a parent of a child with special needs and plan to attend a conference or workshop on topics associated with helping your child, you may be eligible for a grant. ÌýEach year, funds are set aside to help families be able to attend conferences without having to worry about the cost. Grants are not based on financial need. Please contact Kim BolanÌýor 402-715-1140 for more information.
If you are a childcare provider located in the ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ Public ²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ district, grant opportunities may be available to you when attending training/conferences provided by the Nebraska Early Learning Network. Required trainings such as CPR, First Aid, Safe Sleep, etc do not qualify. Please contact Kim BolanÌýor 402-715-1140 to see if you are eligible to receive a grant to help with funding.
These resources mayÌýassist parents and caregivers. Focused on children with disabilities, the links below connect to local, regional and national websites to help you locate information about your childâ€™s diagnosis or condition, identify strategies to help you advocate for your child, and develop community connections for resources and support.
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²ÝÁñÊÓÆµ thanks our partner organizations for making our Early Childhood Program such a rich and rewarding experience for our youngest students! We are proud to partner with you.