INVESTMENTS

     Education

$2,425,000

Pre-Literacy

$250,000

KidSquad

Child Saving Institute, Inc.

KidSquad is an early childhood mental health and education consultation service that works with early childhood educators and families in the Omaha area to promote healthy social-emotional development, implement prevention practices for challenging behavior and reduce the impact of behavioral health problems for young children.

Parents as Teachers – Early Childhood Home Visitation

Family Inc.

 

FAMILY, Inc. is the longest serving early childhood home visitation program in Pottawattamie County. FAMILY serves parents and children, from prenatal to school entry, utilizing the Parents as Teachers (PAT) model. Through education and empowerment the program assists parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher. Trained parent educators provide home visits, group connections, and a resource network to support families through the most critical years of their child’s development. These services are administered in homes, shelters, and community settings. A bilingual parent educator also allows the program to serve families in both English and Spanish. Through this program FAMILY works to ensure families have access to the services and support they need to allow their children to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Ready in 5

Heartland Family Service

Ready in 5 addresses the needs of newly arrived refugee families by offering the unique service of meeting with families in their homes to work with children, ages 3-5, and their parents to prepare children for school. The program works with families to teach children early childhood education concepts and familiarize them with the U.S. school system, while informing parents about early learning schools and kindergarten, and assisting eligible families with enrollment.

Early Childhood Education

Kids Can Community Center

Kids Can’s Early Childhood Education program provides academic foundation and pre-literacy skills in children prior to starting elementary school. The Early Childhood program is comprised of Toddler, Preschool, and Pre-K classrooms; open every weekday from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Through an active hands-on approach, their goal is to prepare children (ages 18-months to 5 years old) for Kindergarten.

Learning Community Center of South Omaha

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

The Learning Community Center (LCC) of South Omaha employs a two-generation approach to combat poverty and its effect on children’s learning. Through family learning that includes Educational Navigators, English classes for low-income Hispanic parents, parenting education, parental engagement, navigation of the school system, and crisis intervention, the program improves opportunities for proficiency in grade-level reading, pre-literacy, and social and emotional skills.

P4K Pre-K Through Elementary Mentoring Program

Partnership 4 Kids

P4K’s Pre-K through Elementary Mentoring Program is facilitated on a school-wide basis at 12 Title I OPS elementary schools and helps children set and achieve literacy, academic, and life skills goals. P4K’s Book Buddy Program (Pre-K and K) is a reading readiness program that engages students in monthly classroom visits by their Book Buddy, a trained adult volunteer. The program improves grade-level reading and pre-literacy skills by providing: (1) caring adult mentors; (2) access to books; (3) in-classroom reading with a corresponding literacy activity; and (4) family engagement in support of reading readiness.

Early Childhood Education

YMCA of Greater Omaha

The YMCA of Greater Omaha’s Early Childhood Education program strives to empower the entire family unit by providing parents and caregivers access to a high quality, affordable education for their child so they are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The YMCA does this by providing full-day Early Learning Centers in Downtown Omaha and Council Bluffs, and a free early learning program in south Omaha, Ready to Learn.

United Way of the Midlands   |   2201 Farnam Street   |   Omaha, NE 68102   |   402-342-8232

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