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The Nebraska Department of Education has the responsibility to approve all early childhood education programs operated by public school districts and educational service units. Nebraska law defines an early childhood educational program operated by a public school district or educational service unit as any prekindergarten part-day or full day program or in –home family support program with a state purpose of promoting social, emotional, intellectual, language, physical, and aesthetic development and learning for children from birth to kindergarten entrance age and family development and support.

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services licenses non-public school operated programs. Examples include preschools operated by community organizations, churches or private individuals.

Child Care Licensing

For additional information, contact Diane Kvasnicka at or 402-471-0951.


Updated August 22, 2017 7:10pm