When the new school year starts, four elementary schools within a mile around the Learning Community Center of North Omaha, 1612 N. 24 St., will be part of a model program to help children succeed in school. The intensive early childhood approach was established in Conestoga and Kellom elementary schools in 2014. Franklin and Lothrop schools join the program this fall. All four are Omaha Public Schools serving children and families living in some of the most concentrated poverty in the Omaha metro.
The long-term goal of the Learning Community partnership is to develop a proven model to insure that children from lower income neighborhoods get the education they need. The program phase-in means a dedicated coach to work one-on-one with teachers and extra professional development training for teacher-coaches.
Families of preschoolers will also be invited to join Parent University based in the Learning Community Center of North Omaha. David Patton, new chief executive ofﬁcer, says the Learning Community team is excited to see the number of North Omaha preschool children in the program double. "This is the next important step in building a powerful program that supports academic success."
The Learning Community highlights thevalue of teacher-coaching in strong program evaluations.
WATCH Research shows that children who complete two years of quality preschool can do as well or even exceed the academic achievement of their peers. The Learning Community Center of North Omaha is a hub for childcare director training, clinical teaching experiences for future teachers and Parent University, a program engaging families in their child’s education.