Family Engagement and Intensive Early Childhood Education

serving children and families from six elementary schools in partnership with Omaha Public Schools and Omaha Public Library

Parent University

Parent University is a comprehensive approach to family engagement based on best practices. Families support their child’s education by taking advantage of free courses organized in strands: Parenting, Life Skills and Wellness, School Success and Leadership.

89% Poverty
33% English language learners (ELL)
35% No high school or GED

Intensive Early Childhood Education

The teachers involved in Intensive Early Childhood Education work daily with teacher coaches to help preschool children make bigger gains in learning. An extra two weeks of professional development supports best practice strategies.

87% Poverty
17% English Language Learners (ELL)

Students with parents enrolled in Parent University made more significant gains in school readiness than their peers.

School Readiness Comparison

WHAT IT MEASURES: key school readiness indicators

Parents demonstrated significant improvements in parenting strategies, relationships with their children and lower stress levels.

Parenting Skills Assessment

WHAT IT MEASURES: Impact measures for parent participants in Common Sense Parenting classes tailored for Parent University.

By spring, more than half the students demonstrated school readiness skills to move into the average range for student success.  

Bracken School Readiness

WHAT IT MEASURES: student grasp of concepts important for learning like colors and numbers

Intensive Early Childhood preschool teachers demonstrated scores at or above the top 10% of all Head Start programs nationally.

CLASS Teaching Scale

WHAT IT MEASURES: quality of teaching environment and impact on student opportunity to learn