Future Teachers

Clinical Training Makes a Difference

What makes a great teacher? Our early childhood classrooms are innovative teacher education sites for Metropolitan Community College students.

Clinical teaching in medical residencies has proven value in healthcare. We're applying the same concept in our classrooms.

Goal: More effective preparation to help future teachers succeed in higher poverty schools.

How It Works

When kids experienence the stresses of poverty at home, teachers see the impact in their classrooms. Our program shows future teachers how to respond to the social and emotional needs of vulnerable children. 

College students work directly with teachers within two clinical sites – Learning Community Center of North Omaha and Kellom and Conestoga elementary schools. College professors observe in the classroom and give valuable, real-time feedback.

Metropolitan Community College instructor Deanna Peterson helps students take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities. Most MCC two-year early childhood education students have job offers by graduation.

Metropolitan Community College student Morgan Anderson plans to be a lead early childhood teacher. She gets guidance from MCC instructor Kathy Halverson. READ


Technology Supports Innovation

Technology here opens new windows into early learning.

College classes at the Learning Community Center of North Omaha are linked to early childhood classrooms via robotic cameras and audio. This environment gives students a unique opportunity to learn about quality early learning practices.

An Educare master teacher puts on a microphone and transmitter. Robotic cameras connect college classrooms to infant toddler rooms. It's a great way for students to observe early learning strategies in action. 


How does technology benefit college students at the Learning Community Center of North Omaha? Watch KETV News coverage.

Yes, he can serve his own cereal! Master teachers help kids become more confident and independent in clinical teaching classrooms for infants and toddlers.

Parent University

We're working with the families and the caring adults around every child. They want to be sure their kids love learning! MORE

Childcare Training

Coaching childcare providers to support early learning is a powerful way to help children, starting when they’re babies.


Teaching Teams

Teachers, family liaisons and paraprofessionals work together to help kids make daily improvements in learning. MORE

Getting Results

Our latest program evaluations show that taxpayers are getting a strong return on their investment.