This is the country's 18th Educare program, and the third in Nebraska. It's for young children coming low-income homes.
The state of the art building is attached to Belmont Elementary School in north Lincoln, and that's because the Educare staff wants their students ready for Lincoln Public Schools.
The students are all kids who come from lower income families. Executive Director Julia Dadds says the kids seem to be loving their new school.
"The children are hopping. They're literally hopping and skipping. And yes, yes children hop and skip a lot but there's some extra hopping today," Dadds said.
That's because the school was created for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. With natural light, spacious classrooms, and plenty of activities, Dadds says this is a great facility for low–income children to learn in.
"Every child needs a good place to be. And our children from families who are struggling economically often can't find a good, safe place to be. Much less a good safe design just for them."
The Educare program is funded by the Buffet Early Childhood Foundation and is partnered with LPS and the University of Nebraska Foundation. It does not cost the families anything to send their kids there.
Dadds says the school's main goal is to provide a high–quality program that prepares young children for success.
"There's a lot that we hope to do. Bring the world in here as well as go into the world. Because that's where our children are. They live in the world."
There are currently 75 students enrolled in the school, but by early June there will be about 150.
And if you'd like to see the facility for yourself there's a community open house scheduled in April.
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