Early Childhood Eligibility Guidelines

  • A small child wearing a mask sitting on a beanbag chair holding a bookIn order to be eligible for the Pre-Kindergarten Program, children must:

    • Be four years old on or before July 31 of the year they wish to attend
    • Have a completed application with all required paperwork submitted and on file
    • Qualify based on an assessment score and other eligibility criteria
    • Reside within the boundaries of the Omaha Public Schools


    In order to be eligible for the Head Start Program, children must:

    • Be three or four years old on or before July 31 of the year they wish to attend
    • Meet federal income guidelines
    • Reside in Douglas County


    In order to be eligible for the Early Head Start Program at Educare of Omaha children must:

    • Be birth to three years old
    • Meet federal income guidelines
    • Reside in Douglas County


    Early Head Start will take applications at Kellom and Indian Hills Educare sites.

Application Information

  • Early childhood programs accept applications online each spring. Our district will post an announcement on our home page and social media channels when applications are available.

    To apply for early childhood programs, the following documents are needed: 

    • A certified birth certificate for your child
    • Immunization records for your child
    • Proof of address such as billing statements from MUD, OPPD, Cox, or Century Link, or a rental or purchase agreement for the residence
    • Income Verification Proof of Family income for the previous 12 months such as TANF/ADC, SSI, Child Support, 1040, W-2s, 8453, Self-Declaration, 12 months of check stubs, employment letter, etc.
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