The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties joins Ascend, the Aspen Institute two-generation partnership network. The Learning Community is the first Nebraska organization chosen to be part of a national movement, promoting a 2-Gen approach to combat poverty and its impact on learning. Learning Community partnerships with parents get inspiring results. Children and families demonstrate the 2-Gen valuein Intensive Early Childhood Education, Family Engagement and Family Learning programs. 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.

The Learning Community Center of North Omaha,1612 North 24 Street hosts a six-school partnership in intensive early childhood preschool. Parent University welcomes families in the area, with home-based services, as well as a series of free courses to help families set goals and take the lead in their child’s education. Family engagement outcomes are promising and early childhood teaching teams now exceed national benchmarks for improving student achievement.