(Omaha, NE) --The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties is the first Nebraska organization selected for the partnership network, Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend is a national leader in the two-generation approach to combat poverty and its impact on learning. A two-generation philosophy, to work with parents and children together, is the foundation for innovative programs in the Learning Community. In North and South Omaha, early childhood, family engagement and family learning programs demonstrate the 2Gen value with strong academic results.
Learning Community CEO David Patton says Aspen Ascend membership is an honor that creates opportunity. “This really positions the Omaha metro area with strong communities nationwide using the two-generation approach to improve educational success. Collaborating in this network will make our continuous improvement process even stronger,” said Patton.
In the Learning Community’s most established program in South Omaha, family activities and weekly classes focus on the parent role in supporting the success of their children in school. Learning new skills to communicate with teachers and navigating local schools is a top priority in specially designed English classes. The latest independent evaluations show children exceeding school district proficiency in reading and math with no adjustments for poverty.
In the Learning Community Center of North Omaha,1612 North 24 Street, intensive early childhood preschool classes combine with Parent University, a series of free courses. Each series prepares families to take the lead in their child’s education. Early family engagement outcomes are promising and early childhood teaching strategies now exceed national benchmarks for improving student achievement.