The Early Head Start Difference

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NECC is proud to be an Early Head Start-Child Care Partner grantee. Through this funding, we have the opportunity to give your child an early head start in life. Wondering what an Early Head Start child care program looks like? Explore the benefits of Early Head Start (EHS), find partner locations in Omaha, and learn about NECC’s open application days.

What is an Early Head Start Program?  

Early Head Start programs provide child care services for low-income families with infants and toddlers. In partnership with the community, EHS programs provide the resources necessary to ensure many services and extra support are available for children and families.

These programs are family-focused and designed to promote your youngest learners’ development. Each EHS family is assigned a Family Engagement Specialist who works with them to achieve their goals from the moment of enrollment. These programs are designed to promote the development of children while enabling families to meet their personal goals.

Each EHS program is unique and tailored to the individual needs of infants and toddlers. It promotes their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development through a safe and enriching environment. EHS programs are designed to prepare children for continued growth and success in school and life. Educational Coaches and Social Emotional Specialists ensure high-quality teaching practices are used throughout the program.

The first years of a child’s life are a period of rapid brain development, deeply influenced by early experiences, interactions and environments. That’s why high-quality early childhood care and learning environments are so important: they build the foundation for cognitive, emotional and social skills that help children succeed now and in the future.

First Five Nebraska

Every family in an EHS program has access to a Health Specialist who provides medical and dental resources and referrals. Families are given hearing and vision screenings, nutrition information, and additional safety guidance. Children are given a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks that follow high-quality nutritional guidelines established by the Child and Adult Care Food Program Provider (CACFP).

EHS Location in Omaha

With a current partnership of seven locations across Omaha, NECC is focused on ensuring that everyone has access to a quality child care program, regardless of where they live.

Open Application Days

Every Spring, NECC hosts open application days at our office to streamline the application process for parents interested in an EHS program. You are welcome to stop by anytime during our event days and have a professional assist you through the application process.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 program year! Join us at an open application day.

  • March 12th and 26th: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • April 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • NECC’s Office: 3200 N 30th Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68111
What you need to bring:
  • Child’s birth certificate or crib card
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of address (OPPD, MUD, Lease Agreement) within 30 days
  • Proof of income for 12 months (2023 income taxes, ADC, SNAP, or SSI statements)
  • Documentation of Title XX application status within the last 60 days
If applicable, please also provide:
  • Documentation if your child has an identified disability (IEP or IFSP)
  • Foster care placement
  • Child support documentation
  • School financial aid and school schedule

Give your child

an early head start!