Children's Programs
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Year-round preschool (ages 3 to 5 years) is offered at Christ Child Learning Center.

Preschool Summer Programs are now being accepted:

PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Christ Child Learning Center’s preschool program provides activities and learning experiences that prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. There is much research linking children’s high-quality preschool experiences and success in school and later life. For thirty years, the Christ Child Learning Center has been a resource to community families offering high-quality, research-based early childhood learning at costs they can afford.

The Christ Child Learning Center is in a historic Firehouse at the corner of Eleventh and Dorcas Street convenient to Downtown Omaha. Although once busy with clanging bells and firemen, this unique old firehouse has been a bustling center for young children and education for nearly 30 years. The transformation did not rob the building of its old firehouse charm. The façade has been preserved, and the original brick wall is intact. The dedication plaque proudly remains on the front of the building and the interior architectural details have been retained. It provides the perfect interest and cozy atmosphere we want for our young children.

Stay & Play for a Day

How important is Preschool? It turns out, very important! According to the U.S. Department of Education, this first step in your child’s academic journey plays a large role in later academic success and life.

Preschool offers many benefits — it can prepare children for the emotional and academic challenges of kindergarten. Preschool is also a great way for kids to interact with peers and learn valuable social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and following directions.

However, preschool can be stressful, for both the parent and the child. For young children, coming into a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar adults and kids can cause both anxiety and anticipation. As a parent, you might worry that your child is not ready for preschool.  The more comfortable you are about your preschool choice and the more familiar the setting can be made for your child, the fewer problems you — and your little one — will encounter.

To help you and your child get to know us, the Christ Child Center welcomes visitors. If you’re still undecided, we invite you and your child to stay and play for the day! To schedule your visit, please send email to AliciaA@ccomaha.org, call (402)341-1880, or submit your information here and we will contact you.

Program Summary

Learning is an ongoing, evolving process that begins at birth – children are born ready to learn! We understand that each child is an individual on a lifelong continuum of acquired knowledge and competencies. As individuals, children will naturally attain skills each at their own pace. However, many children do not develop the perquisite skills necessary to be successful in the increasingly rigorous kindergarten programs that are offered today.

At the Christ Child Learning Center, we offer a continuum of developmentally appropriate programming that both nurtures and prepares children for rewarding and successful kindergarten experiences.

Our approach with the youngest children is gently structured and more developmental. For 3 year olds and young 4 year olds, we fit the curriculum and expectations to the developmental level of each child, rather than expecting the child to be ready for the demands of the curriculum. Our focus is “learning through play” and our goals are as follows: activities aim to be child-directed, teachers assist in the facilitation of learning, we construct classrooms as a means for learning and teachers set up the classroom environment to allow children to explore, to question, to begin to work both independently and together in a learning community of peers. Children will make marvelous educational strides in language and conceptual thinking, and in the development of self and social skills during their preschool year.

As preschoolers progress in developmental milestones, we support them through a gentle transition to pre-kindergarten. In pre-kindergarten the focus is on school readiness. Adding slightly more structure to the program, our 4 and 5 year olds will develop the necessary pre-academic understanding and skills to prepare them to be happy and successful students in kindergarten and beyond.

Pre-kindergarten is child-centered and teacher-guided with plenty of opportunity to explore, extend and experiment through play. The pre-kindergarten classroom offers a rich variety of activities and projects that focus on progressing language ability, early mathematical concepts, and scientific thought. Children develop independently and in small groups. Daily time in the learning centers offers children both choice and hands on exploration of the concepts and skills necessary for optimum development and future academic success.

Our major objective is to develop school readiness in young children. This involves whole child development and supporting continuous growth through an enriched curriculum. Our early childhood classrooms encourage outcomes across the following developmental domains:
1. Social and Emotional Development
2. Cognitive
3. Physical Development and Health
4. Language
5. Literacy
6. Academic Skills & Critical Thinking.

We offer both morning and afternoon preschool and pre-kindergarten classes with optional extended childcare hours beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services licenses our site as a childcare center.

Program Staff

Each class is taught by highly-qualified, professional teachers and assisted by experienced, trained teacher assistants. Our staff both educate and nurture, understanding the subtle balance between what young learners need to feel safe and what they require to achieve. Our teachers are passionate about early childhood education have dedicated their lives to working with young children.

Costs

Call the Learning Center at 402-341-1880 to discuss program options and costs. Financial assistance is available to eligible families through application with our Finance Office. We strive not to turn anyone away because of financial hardship. We accept Title XX payments.

 

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