Early Childhood

Ages 3-5

We know what a blessing it is to be given the opportunity to work with children as they take their first steps in their education. The goal of our Early Childhood program is to give children social and emotional skills, confidence, experiences, education, and joy in learning that will help them to have a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Please call our school office at (402) 896-0754 to inquire about enrolling or use the below registration button.

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Teaching our Faith and so much more...


God is welcome in our school and each child will know that he/she is loved by Him and that He is present in everyday life. We strive for all students to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Our curriculum is rooted in Catholicism and includes Religious Education, Art, Literature, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Technology, field trips, snack time and creative play.

Children are encouraged to play, within an integrated curriculum, and learn life skills through exploration; invention and imagination. Our classrooms function as developmental tools where certified teachers are acutely aware that each child is unique and develops at his/her own rate.

Early Childhood Programs for the 2023/2024 School Year

Preschool (For children who will begin Kindergarten in 2 years)

3 half days/week (Mon-Tues-Wed) OR 5 half days/week (M-F); mornings (7:50 - 10:45 AM) or afternoons (12:15 - 3:10 PM)
Our preschool program is best suited for children experiencing preschool for the first time, 2 years before Kindergarten.

  • Requirements:
    • Must be 3-years-old by July 31, 2023 but no older than 4 by July 31, 2023
    • Must be independently toilet trained
  • Specials: All preschool students get to visit the Atrium weekly through our faith formation Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.
  • Field Trips & Special Visitors: Our students love celebrating special theme days and holidays throughout the school year with our 4th Grade Buddies! We also have special guests throughout the year from Wildlife Encounters, firefighters, and dentists.

PreKindergarten (For children who will begin Kindergarten in 1 year)

5 half days/week; mornings (7:50 AM-10:45 AM) or afternoons (12:15 PM-3:10 PM)
Our PreK program is best suited for those attending Kindergarten next year.

  • Requirements:
    • Must be 4 years old by July 31, 2023
    • Must be independently toilet trained
  • Specials: Our students get to visit the Atrium weekly through our faith formation Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Additionally, they attend Music and Library once a week!
  • Field Trips & Special Visitors: Our students love celebrating special theme days and holidays throughout the school year with our 3rd Grade Buddies! We also have special guests throughout the year from Wildlife Encounters, firefighters, and dentists. In the fall, PreK students visit Wenninghoff Farm and in the spring, they enjoy a visit from the Omaha Children’s Museum to learn about the science behind bubbles!

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) (For Kinder eligible children who are waiting a year)

5 days/week, all-day (8 AM - 3:10 PM)
Our TK program is best suited for Kindergarten-age students that are waiting one year.

  • Requirements:
    • Recommended age: 5 years old by December 31, 2023 (Priority placement will be given to students who most closely meet this recommended age.)
    • Must be independently toilet trained
    • Previous preschool experience recommended
  • Notes on TK:
    • Students wear uniforms.
    • Hot lunch program available
    • Opportunity to enroll in KidZone for care before and after school
  • Specials: All TK students get to visit the Atrium weekly through our faith formation Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Additionally, our TK students attend PE twice a week and Music, Art & Library once a week.
  • Field Trips & Special Visitors: Our students love celebrating special theme days and holidays throughout the school year with our 4th Grade Buddies! We also have special guests throughout the year from: Wildlife Encounters, Omaha Children’s Museum, firefighters and dentists. In the fall, our TK students visit Wenninghoff Farm!

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3D Tour of Preschool/PreK

We offer play-based preschool and PreKindergarten programs.

3D Tour of Transitional Kindergarten

TK is a Monday-Friday, all day program best suited for kindergarten-age students that are waiting a year to enroll in Kindergarten.

3D Tour of School Building

Our Early Childhood Programs are a part of our larger school community. Students get to visit our main building for specials, buddy programs and more!

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