The Early Childhood Program provides a safe and nurturing learning environment focused on the whole child.
Our youngest students thrive through engaging, high quality learning experiences. We partner with families as a child’s first teacher, and develop relationships 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 concerns about your child’s development? A good first step is to talk with your family physician. You can also reach out to us. We offer free developmental screenings. Contact Jean Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.715.8302.
Our early childhood development specialists may recommend an evaluation of your child’s skills. This will help determine if there is a delay in your child’s skills and if early childhood special education may be appropriate. There is no charge for these services.
Some children may qualify for our home visiting program. This program is committed 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 visits focus on young children who experience particular risk factors known 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. Millard is grateful to the Sixpence Early Learning Fund and the Superintendent’s Early Childhood Plan for their financial support of these programs.
Millard Preschools offer both half day and full day options for children younger than kindergarten age. Kindergarten age is defined by the Nebraska Department of Education as children who have not reached the age of five on or before July 31st of the current school year.
Our preschools provide learning experiences that help young children get ready for kindergarten. The curriculum reflects the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines and Millard's preschool standards and indicators. It aligns with our elementary program to provide a seamless transition to school. Ongoing formative assessment and collaborative planning support the diverse developmental, academic, cultural, and family needs of our students. The preschool schedule includes whole group, small group, and independent learning opportunities. One-third of the time is spent in individual choice interest areas that allow children to explore and expand their learning through play. These different structures are provided to support social-emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. Early 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, fine motor, and outdoor playtime.
The child’s home and school are their two most important worlds. Our goal is to ensure that we recognize and support parents as the child’s first teacher. We welcome families and partner with them. Regularly scheduled family engagement activities and parent education opportunities are an important component of our preschool program.
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. Millard Public Schools 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.
Many elementary schools are offering story time for preschool age children and their caregivers. Please join us as we share simple stories, songs and rhymes. Story time lasts approximately 30 minutes. Please check your school's website for any changes that may arise during the school year.
- The 2020-21 Preschool Story Time Schedule will be shared at a later date
Two committees advise Millard Public Schools Early Childhood.
Early Childhood Advisory Committee
Millard Public Schools, along with community partners vested in early childhood education, meet together 3-4 times a year 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. Meetings 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.
All meetings are held at Millard’s Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 South 147th Street. Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately an hour.
October 22, 2020
February 25, 2021
May 20, 2021
Planning Region 21
Planning Region 21 is a group of parents and community professionals representing Millard Public Schools and our families. The group is responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of Early Intervention Services. The purpose of the Planning team is to assist in the planning and development of family-centered, community-based services for all children, with emphasis on those with disabilities, birth to age five.
All meetings are held at Millard’s Don Stroh Administration Center, 5606 South 147th Street. Meetings start at noon and last approximately an hour. We welcome those who are interested in attending a meeting or joining Planning Region 21. Please contact Jean Ubbelohde at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-715-8302 for additional information.
2020-21 MEETING DATES
- September 18, 2020 - Agenda
- November 13, 2020 - Agenda & Minutes
- January 15, 2021 - Planning Region Meeting Zoom link
- March 12, 2021
- May 14, 2021
2019-20 MEETING MINUTES
- September 13, 2019 Meeting - Agenda & Minutes
- November 22, 2019 Meeting - Agenda & Minutes
- January 24, 2020 Meeting - Agenda & Minutes
- May 15, 2020 Meeting - Agenda & Minutes
Planning Region 21 Members
- Bryanne Arter - Parent of a child with special needs
- Ellen Bennett - Respite Network
- Kim Bolan -Education/CoChair
- Heather Colling - DHSS Service Coordinator
- Allison Domsch - Services Coordinator
- Kristy Feden - Sarpy County Head Start
- Stacy Felker - Parent of child with special needs
- Jennifer Haggart - Early Learning Connection
- Chris Janovec - Education
- Kerry Kernen - Douglas County Health
- Cheris Kite - EC Curriculum Facilitator
- Denise Larson - Education
- Erika Mallory - CRCC-Site Director
- Christine McKinney - Services Coordinator
- Sara Reiff - Services Coordinator
- Emily Schlater - Services Coordinator
- Kiara Taylor - Sixpence Home Visitor
- Jean Ubbelohde - Education/Chair
- Amber Washburn - 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. Each 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 Bolan or 402-715-1140 for more information.
If you are a childcare provider located in the Millard Public Schools 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 Bolan or 402-715-1140 to see if you are eligible to receive a grant to help with funding.
These resources may assist 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 child’s diagnosis or condition, identify strategies to help you advocate for your child, and develop community connections for resources and support.