Early Childhood Education

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.

To share the excitement of our youngest learners, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MPS-Early-Childhood and Twitter @EC_MPS

Contact Us

Andy DeFreece
Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
402.715.8336  
adefreec@mpsomaha.org

Mendy Dickey
Secretary for Title I/Preschool
402.715.8339  
mjdickey@mpsomaha.org

Dr. Jean Ubbelohde
Coordinator of Early Childhood
402.715.8307 
jrubbelohde@mpsomaha.org

Jean Savage
Secretary for Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education
402.715.8302  
jasavage@mpsomaha.org

Cheris Kite
Facilitator for Early Childhood and K-5 Literacy Intervention
402.715.1431
cakite@mpsomaha.org

Developmental Screenings and Early Intervention, Birth to 3 Years Old

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 jasavage@mpsomaha.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.

Preschool, 3 to 5 Years Old

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 Preschool
Millard's Montessori Preschool classrooms provide a hands-on learning environment for 3- and 4-year-olds that is consistent with Dr. Montessori’s philosophy.

Preschool Story Time for Families

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 2019-20 Preschool Story Time schedule is coming soon! Check back for dates and times. 
Advisory Committees

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 cakite@mpsomaha.org 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 24, 2019

  • February 27, 2020

  • May 21, 2020

 

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 jrubbelohde@mpsomaha.org or 402-715-8302 for additional information.

2018-19 MEETING 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

 

Grants and Resources

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.

Resources

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.

Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines, Birth through age 5 (2018):

Nebraska Early Development Network

Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

Nebraska Department of Education: Rule 51

Nebraska Department of Education: Rule 52

Nebraska Life Span Respite Network  

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

First Five Nebraska 

Guide to Baby and Childproofing   

Behavior Bites             

Lifespan Respite Subsidy Application

Our Partnerships

Millard 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.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Omaha Children's Museum

Omaha Public Library

YMCA

Early Connections Learning Centers

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