Preschool Team

Early Childhood

About the Program

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.

Philosophy

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.

Mission

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.

Goals

  • To promote the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of young children and prepare them for future growth and development.
  • To support parents – mothers/fathers, foster parents, and grandparents – in their roles as primary caregivers and educators of their children in meeting family goals and achieving self-sufficiency.
  • To strengthen community support for families with young children.
  • To develop highly trained and caring program staff.

What does the Early Childhood Program offer?

For children and their families the Early Childhood Program provides:

  • Opportunities to socialize, solve problems, and experience success
  • People who care, accept, and encourage
  • Home visits which focus on the family
  • A variety of learning experiences in a safe, caring setting
  • Health screenings
  • Practice of good habits in eating, tooth brushing, cleanliness, and safety
  • Partnerships for parents in volunteering, leadership, and development
  • Help for special needs of children with disabilities
  • Assistance in using community resources