Learning Community Center of South Omaha

Family Learning Demonstration Program

Our Purpose

The program supports a parent's role in their child's education. Completing two years of Family Learning classes gives parents the skills they need to navigate our school system and help their children succeed in school. 

Parents take up to seven hours of classes and workshops weekly. Specially trained navigators work with families, monitoring their progress and making home visits. ESL instructors help parents gain new English skills to communicate with teachers and help their children with homework.

Key Elements

English for Parents
Navigator Coaching
Families in Crisis
Family Learning

Proven Impact 

Four consecutive years of independent program evaluations validate the significant impact of our Family Learning demonstration program. In the most recent annual report, independent evaluators confirmed "students whose parents have participated in the programming at LCCSO* are making strong academic gains." Learn about UNMC evaluations and see results.

* Learning Community Center of South Omaha

Latino Poverty & Education 

Limited English proficiency combined with family poverty often leaves children in academic danger. Over the last 10 years, Latino families living in poverty in the Omaha metro area tripled. The latest achievement scores confirm the impact of poverty on student achievement. 

NeSA Reading      Not Proficient
4th Grade FRL       3 out 10 students
11th Grade FRL     5 out of 10 students

SOURCE: American Community Survey, 2009-2014; Nebraska Dept. of Education State of the Schools report, 2014-2015

Short-term Benefits

Research shows Family Learning leads to better test scores, improved attendance and stronger vocabulary. Our early outcomes confirm significant gains: 

- Student improvement in reading, writing and math
- More positive family interactions
- Home routines that support learning
- Increased parent involvement 

Long-term Outcomes

To evaluate the long-term impact of Family Learning on student achievement, we follow the progress of children and families.  Our key indicators include assessments of student proficiency starting in grade 3.

Brief History

With our community center at capacity since opening, the Learning Community is now expanding with satellite programs. Adapting the program allows us to explore ways to integrate the program in school communities. 

Apr. 2012  Classes begin in temporary space

Oct. 2013   Community center opens in former South Omaha library

Nov. 2014  1st satellite program in Educare/Indian Hill Elementary

Jan. 2015   2nd satellite in Educare/Indian Hill Elementary

Aug. 2015  1st in-school satellite program at Gateway Elementary

Sept. 2015  Center named a White House Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

Jan. 2017  Selected to join the Aspen Institute Ascend Two-Generation Partnership Network 



Family Learning Classes

Community Center 200 families
Gateway Elementary 15-30 families
Educare/Indian Hill 30-60 families

Lead Partner

OneWorld Community Health Centers

Learning Community Center of South Omaha

Anne O’Hara
Program Director

2302 M Street
Omaha, NE 68107

News & Information 

Loretta Carroll
Office: 402-393-2991
Cell: 402-871-3710

Evaluation & Research

Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation
Munroe-Meyer Institute
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Program Partners

Omaha Public Schools
Boys Town

Community Programs

Douglas County Health Dept.
First National Bank
Joslyn Art Museum
Lauritzen Gardens
Nebraska Humanities Council
Omaha Conservatory of Music
Omaha Public Library
PTI Nebraska
UNO Service Learning
Rose Theatre
Visiting Nurse Association

Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties 

David Patton 
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Renee Franklin
Executive Director, Elementary Learning Centers

Learning Community Administrative Offices

1612 N. 24th Street 
Omaha, NE 68110 



Getting Results

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