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Best Preschools
in Lincoln
2018

Why These Preschools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored preschools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best preschools in Lincoln, NE.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Carousel Daycare and Preschool

Carousel Daycare and Preschool is a Lincoln center that has been caring for children for over 30 years. Debi Strachan is the director and she has more than 30 years of childcare industry experience, and she has been at the school since 2003. Carousel Daycare and Preschool has programs for infants six weeks of age to 24 months, toddlers 24 months to three years of age, preschool for children three years of age to five years of age, and a school-age program for children in kindergarten and older. The infant program has two infant development assistants, and provides daily reports about diaper changes, activities, and diet, and up to eight infants can attend. The toddler program has small classes and field trips and summer activities. The preschool program has scheduled activities and a planned curriculum, the children have a large play yard, and parents receive daily progress reports. The school-age program has structured learning that is fun, organized activities, transportation to and from school, and snacks after school.

Lincoln, NE(402) 423-5557

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Here We Grow Preschool

Here We Grow Preschool is a Lincoln school that has been educating children for over three years. Director Mandy Spohn has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Special Education, and has five years of teaching experience at Lincoln Public School prior to opening Here We Grow Preschool. The curriculum focuses on social skills and listening skills, vocabulary, movement, games, music, functional language development, special projects and activities, and pre-academic skills. The activities Here We Grow Preschool offers include music, book sharing, small group projects and activities, listening activities, large group activities, writing practice, and snack time. There are three schedule options to choose from. Children can attend the morning option on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the morning option on Tuesday and Thursday, and the afternoon option on Monday to Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents remark on the welcoming, interactive, and supportive environment.

Lincoln, NE(402) 261-8519

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Kids Imagination Station

Kids Imagination Station is a Lincoln center that has been caring for children from six weeks of age up to school age for more than 11 years. The center has a preschool program that is state licensed and insured. Children will learn computer basics, reading, and math, have story time, crafts, arts, outdoor playtime, and more. Kids Imagination Station offers children healthy snacks and meals and has a state-licensed vehicle that can pick up children from school and drop them off. The center is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents appreciate the helpful and friendly staff and their program.

Lincoln, NE(402) 475-0300

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Little Learners Christian Preschool and Childcare

Little Learners Christian Preschool and Childcare is a Lincoln individually owned and operated center that has been caring for children for over seven years. The children are exposed to academic activities including science, reading, and math, and they also can play in an indoor play area and an outdoor playground. The six classrooms have large windows and there are windows in other areas so the children get a lot of natural light throughout the day. Parents can choose from a variety of programs and schedules. There is an extended care program before class and after class, so the center can accommodate different families’ schedules. The owner and director is at the center every day. Little Learners Christian Preschool and Childcare has an academic curriculum and a bible curriculum as well as a summer camp and summer school. The center also has field trips, class parties, show and shares, special guests, and other events throughout the year. Little Learners Christian Preschool and Childcare accepts infants from six weeks of age up to six years of age.

Lincoln, NE(402) 840-1196

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Little Tikes University

Little Tikes University is a Lincoln preschool that educates children three years of age to five years of age. The preschool is in a barn that is situated on 22 acres. The children are able to interact with the animals such as cats, horses, bunnies, and dogs. Little Tikes University provides math, music, language arts, creative expression, science, and art. The children learn through playing. Owner Denette Russell is the director and has an Early Childcare Education degree and over 15 years of preschool teaching experience. Little Tikes University has three different program options. The options are Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Lincoln, NE(402) 483-1198

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Montessori School for Young Children

Montessori School for Young Children is a Lincoln non-profit school that is supported by parents and has been educating children for over 38 years. The school has a variety of programs to accommodate the roughly 70 children who attend. The toddler program offers a three-, four-, or five-day schedule. Children 18 months of age to three years of age can attend. The program’s teacher-student ratio is 13:3. The preschool program is for children three years of age to six years of age and program options are mornings, afternoons, or full days with a three-, four-, or five-day schedule. Other programs Montessori School for Young Children offers include a before care and an after care program, dance class, music therapy, Spanish, happy feet soccer, and a summer enrichment program. Parents remark on the welcoming environment and caring teachers.

Lincoln, NE(402) 489-4366

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South Gate Preschool

South Gate Preschool is a Lincoln developmental preschool that has been educating children for over 25 years. The school is for children from three to five years of age and the curriculum includes language development, music, motor and perceptual development, science, creative art, and literature. South Gate Preschool also offers a children’s day out program for children six weeks of age to three years of age. The program incorporates learning activities, group play, and free play. This gives parents time to relax, run errands, go to appointments, or enjoy their own hobbies. South Gate Preschool is licensed by the State of Nebraska’s Department of Social Services. The hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parents appreciate the program, the teachers’ planning, and the teachers.

Lincoln, NE(402) 489-7302

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Sprouts Preschool

Sprouts Preschool is a Lincoln school that educates children three to five years of age. The school offers a variety of programs such as the playful discovery program for children ages three to five that is held on Tuesday and Thursday. The early risers program runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or Tuesday and Thursday at the same time. The radiant scholars program is for children four and five years of age and is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The advanced academy is for children three to five years of age and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kindergarten prep is for children ages four and five on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sprouts Preschool offers a discount for siblings. Parents appreciate the caring and knowledgeable teachers and the environment.

Lincoln, NE(402) 328-2952

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Wee Wisdom Christian Preschool and Academy

Wee Wisdom Christian Preschool and Academy is a Lincoln school that has been educating children for over 19 years. The school provides an academic-based curriculum, monthly themes, art projects, field trips, centers for exploration, special visitors, show and tell, Christmas and graduation programs, parent/teacher conferences, and more. Wee Wisdom Christian Preschool and Academy’s preschool program is for children three and four years of age and the academy program is for children four and five years of age. Children can join the school at any time during the school year.

Lincoln, NE(402) 420-7111

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World Of Knowledge Child Development Center Inc.

World Of Knowledge Child Development Center Inc. is a Lincoln early learning center that has been caring for children for more than nine years. The center provides preschool, daycare and summer school programs. Some daily activities the center offers include baby sign language, music, story time, art, group play, homework supervision, nap time, and field trips for those three years of age and older. World Of Knowledge Child Development Center Inc.’s summer programs are summer day camp and school’s out for school age children. The teachers are qualified and go through regular training. The staff offers families emotional support for when children start preschool. World Of Knowledge Child Development Center Inc. is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has an A+ rating. The operating hours are Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lincoln, NE(402) 483-4769

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