Preschool Programs
Services

Year-round preschool and summer preschool (ages 3 to 5 years) is offered at Christ Child Learning Center.

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.

To help you and your child get to know us, the Christ Child Learning Center welcomes visitors. If you’re still undecided, we invite you and your child to come and see our school. To schedule a visit, please send email to AliciaA@ccomaha.org or call (402)341-1880.

Program Summary

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 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.

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 7:00 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 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.

Summer Program

Part-time weekly camp sessions are open during the summer in addition to our regular full-time program. Each week the teachers will use art, music, movement, story and song activities to support campers aged 3 to 5 years in exploring a variety of different fun themes.

Daily “camp” activities include practical life skills, water play, pretend play, sand castle building, watercolor painting, and exploring language, math, and science concepts. We will garden and observe nature, build and sculpt, sing and tell stories. Teachers prepare engaging and meaningful activities to delight the young campers and develop essential kindergarten readiness skills.

More information will be available in the spring of 2015.

 

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