Childcare & Learning Center

Children's Express Childcare and Learning Center

Omaha, NE (map)

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About Children's Express Childcare and Learning Center

Mon-Fri: 4:00am-5:00pm

Over 30 years of experience, means we are here to stay! We are proud to be caring for second generations of our families. Their repeated trust and loyalty are our biggest compliment.

Established in 1978, we remain one of Omaha's top-rated childcare centers. We believe that maintaining high standards and consistent staffing is essential to providing the best possible care. Your child will learn from familiar faces, which creates continuity of care and an overall better learning environment. Studies have shown that when a child can relate to the same teacher on a daily basis, learning is enhanced. Our staff quickly becomes familiar with your child and his/her individual needs.

At Children's Express Childcare & Learning Center, you'll find experienced, well-trained teachers and stimulating activities where your child will be exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. More importantly, they learn how to socialize, they make friends and learn to share and contribute. Your children will enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math and science skills.

Our program teaches kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise his/her hand, take turns, and share the teacher's attention. Furthermore, he/she will learn how to separate from mommy or daddy! All of this makes for an easier transition to kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers will tell you that the students who are ready to learn are those who come into school with good social and behavioral skills.

Children's Express provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with his/her peers and build confidence. Kids in preschool discover that they are capable and can do things for themselves from small tasks to tackling bigger issues; like making decisions about how to spend their free time.

The skills a child learns at the early stages provide the foundation for all other skills that will be learned throughout life.

Trained and experienced preschool teachers are crucial to a successful preschool experience. For many children, preschool colors the way they will forever look at school; it is this first experience which will foster a lifelong love of learning and an overall sense of comfort and achievement within the preschool environment. Our teachers will often take basic concepts and incorporate them into play. Children at this age learn through play concepts that incorporate all of their senses, while they are having fun and practicing essential social concepts such as being respectful of each other, taking turns, etc., they are unaware that they are even absorbing educational concepts. Our teachers are able to engage each child and offer lessons through these playful avenues. The most important qualification for preschool teachers is the ability to instill a joy of learning that stays with their young students for a lifetime!

The Children's Express all aboard curriculum is organized into theme based centers that address topics which encourage children to develop their skills and confidence. Each center incorporates language, math, science, creative arts, music, motor skills and social development.

Location

2814 South 87th Street
Omaha, NE 68124

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Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. QUESTIONS TO ASK
YOURSELF
�� How much television do I want my
child to watch? What types of
programs do I want him/her to watch?
�� Does my child need to be
transported?
�� If the provider or a household
member smokes, is that a concern for
my child or me?
�� Have I examined the policies and do
they fit with my needs and the needs
of my child?
�� Would I trust the person to care for
my child?
�� Are there references available?
�� Will my child be comfortable and
happy in this setting?
�� Has my child had a chance to visit the
child care setting?
�� Have I contacted Health and Human
Services for copies of complaint and
inspection reports on facilities I have
chosen:
Other questions I want to ask:

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Choosing child care for your children is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. Selecting the appropriate type of care is very important to their health and well-being.
Nebraska requires that anyone providing services to four or more children at any one time (from families other than that of the provider and for compensation) be licensed. Licensing requires that the caregiver/teacher and the facility both meet minimal health and safety standards. Most importantly, licensing means that the facility has been inspected by a fire marshal and the names of all caregivers have been cleared with the Central Registry for Abuse and Neglect.

Please remember, licensing regulations are minimal standards and do not provide any guarantees. As a parent, you are strongly encouraged to visit and evaluate any child care facility you are considering for your children. Spend at least 15 minutes interviewing the prospective provider and visit the facility with your children more than once, with one of the visits unannounced.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Payments:

What is the fee per hour/day/week/month?
Are there late arrival fees or other fees I should be aware of?
Is there a formal contract to sign?
How much notice is required to end the contract?
What are the arrangements if/when the provider is on vacation, ill, etc.?

Does the Provider:

appear patient and friendly?
encourage parents to observe, discuss policies, make suggestions and participate in the program?
seem to be someone your child will enjoy being with?
seem to enjoy his/her work?
understand what children can and want to do at different stages of growth?
have methods of dealing with behaviors that agree with your own and are constant with licensing standards?
seem to have enough time to look after all the children in care?
show an interest in your child, family and your expectations?
appear organized, with a routine and rules that children can understand and follow?
have previous experience/training in working with children?
have other people who will be caring for your child?
make arrangements when he/she has an emergency that takes them away from the children?

Does the setting:

have a safe outdoor play area and equipment?
have a safe, clear area where infants can play?
provide enough space for napping and appropriate surfaces (cots, cribs, mats)?
have locked storage for medications, cleaners, poisons, guns and ammunition?
have working smoke detectors?
have pets? if so, are they vaccinated?
have at least two approved exits from child care areas?
have enough space inside and outdoors so all children can move freely and safely?
have enough furniture, play toys and other equipment for all children to be individually involved?
have equipment and materials that are suitable for the ages of the children?
have a clean, safe place to change diapers?

Do activities include:

creative experiences such as play acting, music, reading and art?
transportation ( if needed) with appropriate seat belts and care seats?
adequate supervision at all times when children are in care?
time outdoors with supervision?
toys and play equipment that are right for the child's age and state of development?
washing hands after diapering, toileting and before preparing food?
enough caregivers/teachers to give individual attention to all children?
nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day?
quiet and active play, indoors and outdoors?
a schedule that meets young children's need for routine, but is flexible enough to meet the needs of each child?

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