Learning Community Facts


Together with school districts and community organizations as partners, we demonstrate, share and implement more effective practices to measurably improve educational outcomes for children and families in poverty.


That all children within the Learning Community achieve academic success without regard to social or economic circumstance

Program Priorities

The Learning Community is working with school districts and community organizations to make a difference for kids. Program priorities include Intensive Early Childhood Education, Family Engagement, and Family Learning.

See our History.

Independent Program Evaluation

UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute

Learning Community programs and practices are independently evaluated on an annual basis. Learn more about UNMC Evaluations and see our results summary.

Program Support

1.5 cent Elementary Levy
Approximately $7.8 million annually
Average $22.50 annual cost to homeowners (based on $150,000 home)

Learning Community Programs


Administrative Offices

1612 N. 24th Street 
Omaha, NE 68110 


David Patton
Chief Executive Officer

Renee Franklin
Executive Dir., Elementary Learning Centers

David Moon 
Finance Director

Jamalia L. Parker, MSW
Director of Family Engagement Services

News & Information

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

Coordinating Council


Lorraine Chang, Chair
Jeanne Anderson
Mike Avery, Vice Chair
Allen Hager, Treasurer
Carol Hahn
D. Paul Hartnett
Jack Heidel
Nancy Jacobson, Secretary
Susan Kelley
Tonya Ward
Dr. Cornelius Williams
Jill Woodward



Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan

The Learning Community supports and funds this comprehensive early childhood plan to systematically challenge the achievement gap. It is a signature program of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and the first of its kind in Nebraska. The elementary school is the hub for outreach to families and children in poverty from birth to grade three. 

Key Features

- Home Visiting: Birth to 3
- Intensive Preschool: 3 & 4 year olds
- Aligned curriculum from preschool to grade 3



Plan Partner

Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Dr. Samuel J. Meisels, Director
Christine Maxwell, Director of Program Development

Evaluation & Research

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

Early Childhood & Family Engagement Partnership

Learning Community Center of North Omaha

We're helping children succeed in school, from birth to grade three, while helping families become more actively involved in their children's education. Teacher coaching, childcare provider training and clinical training for college students mean everyone gains in our partnership classrooms.

Community Center

- Infant & Toddler Classes
- Parent University
- Clinical Teaching Site
- Family Resource Center
- Childcare Provider Training
- Family Support



OPS Kellom-Conestoga

- Preschool Classes
- Parent University
- Clinical Teaching Site
- Educator Coaching
- Family Support


Early Childhood Partnership

Omaha Public Schools
Omaha Public Library
Metropolitan Community College
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Family Learning Demonstration Program

Learning Community Center of South Omaha

"A White House Bright Spot in Hispanic Education"

Classes and workshops help Latino parents help their children succeed in school. Parents learn new skills to connect with their local schools and navigate the school system. Our community center-based program is now adapting to reach more parents.

Satellite Locations

Educare/Indian Hill Elementary
For parents with children enrolled in high quality childcare


Gateway Elementary* 
For parents with kindergarten and 1st grade students

* Gateway Elementary in OPS is the first school in the Omaha metro to establish a Family Learning program, available to parents during the school day.



Lead Program Partner

OneWorld Community Health Centers
Anne O'Hara, Program Director

School Pilot Programs

The Learning Community supports Instructional Coaching, Jump Start to Kindergarten and Extended Learning programs in nine school districts. MORE


Member School Districts

DC West
Papillion La Vista
Springfield Platteview




Getting Results

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