Measuring Success

Early childhood proof

Our goal is an early learning program that helps children succeed in school and in life.

That's why independent program evaluators from UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute carefully measure our impact. With evaluators giving teachers real-time guidance to make programs better, the improvement process in our early childhood classrooms never stops.


We're encouraged by strong results in our clinical teaching classrooms at Kellom  and Conestoga elementary schools:

  • Reducing the "word gap" by helping kids increase their vocabulary
  • Preschoolers better prepared to use basic learning concepts in kindergarten

Watch how parents and families can make a difference for kids

Families help shape a young child's developing brain through "serve and return" interaction. Watch this video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Impact measures

  • Focused program implementation and monitoring
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Proficiency goals for student testing in grades 3 to 8
  • Tracking NeSA test scores through graduation

Early learning research is clear. We have the evidence needed to build locally proven programs and practices to help kids succeed in school.


We believe in people who care

Why start at birth? We're in this together -- with families, instructional teams, childcare providers and college students all working to help kids do well in school.

Goal: More caring adults prepared to help children in poverty succeed in school

A Metropolitan Community College student gets valuable teaching experience in the early childhood classrooms at Kellom Elementary School.

Every child is born ready to learn. The time from birth to age 3 is especially critical. That's when a baby's brain develops rapid-fire connections for healthy learning.

By working with the caring adults around each child, we can support early learning and get a great return on our investment. North Omaha families in our early childhood programs will help us develop programs with proven benefit for children throughout the Learning Community.

Powerful Partnerships 

The Superintendents Plan for Early Childhood Education represents a critical investment to assure that our children have a healthy and promising future.The Buffett Early Childhood Institute guides careful implementation as strategies take shape across the Learning Community. Our intensive early childhood programs in North Omaha align with the plan and the shared comittment of our eleven school districts.

Goal: Proven programs and practices helping children and families succeed in education

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

Future Teachers

In clinical teaching sites, college students learn to teach in early childhood classrooms with guidance from experienced faculty.