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Top Preschools in Omaha

Published Apr 20, 2019 | Updated Mar 23, 2020

Top Preschools in Omaha: Choosing your children's first preschool isn't an easy choice. Many programs are great, but how do they differ? Here is a short description of some of our favorites.

Top Preschools in Omaha

When choosing an ideal preschool for your child, there are several options available, each with their own specialized programs.

In the Omaha area, here are some great choices, as seen below:

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool is committed to providing a quality, Christian-based education. This preschool offers a variety of classes for children, ages 3 to 5 years old.

They use the One in Christ Preschool Curriculum in all of our classes, and incorporate teaching of God’s love in all of our lessons. When planning lessons, they follow the State of Nebraska Early Childhood Guidelines.

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool is licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services and all of our teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid.

The Hills Montessori

The Hills Montessori is committed to helping children reach their full potential by encouraging and fostering a life-long love of learning, by providing a rich curriculum emphasizing the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Located in North West Omaha, with easy access off of I-680 and Fort Street, the beautifully renovated building has over 9,000 square feet of learning space, a state-of-the-art storm shelter and a gourmet kitchen (Bright Day Cafe) where nutritious meals and snacks are provided daily.

A is for Art Preschool

A is for Art Preschool is a locally owned, state-licensed, and highly unique early childhood education program which has been in operation since 2007 in the Benson neighborhood.

Students ages 3-5 make friends, prepare for the academics of kindergarten, gain social and community awareness and skills and participate in a wide variety of art expressions and media, all within the age-appropriate context of an art-history timeline.

Unique field trips are included in the school year and twice each year the preschool hosts Art Openings and Pot-Luck dinners to showcase the students' work and get families together.

Premier Academy Child Enrichment Center

The caregivers at Premier Academy Omaha & Elkhorn, Nebraska are highly qualified and dedicated to build a solid foundation that lasts and that encourages each child to follow their dreams and to pursue a lifelong love of learning through physical activity, art, music and a friendly social environment.

It is beautiful to see a child excel through their own creativity and imagination and at Premier Academy the child's development is fostered, self-esteem built; their curiosity and creativity enhanced all in a loving and safe environment.

La Petite Academy

La Petite Academy in Omaha has an outstanding group of teachers on our staff. Together, they have more than 147 years of experience in the field. To remain leaders in early education, all teachers participate in ongoing training throughout the year. They also have an amazing cook on staff who goes above and beyond to ensure that children receive healthy, delicious meals that are also safe for children with allergies.

La Petite Academy has been a part of this community for over twenty-five years. They have separate rooms for each age group, and our School-Age Program includes several interest areas and activities to keep your child busy.

Heartland Montessori Preschool

The Heartland Montessori Preschool is conveniently located at 142nd and Maple Street in Omaha, Nebraska. The beautiful, modern and peaceful facility provides preschool and loving care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

The school fosters imagination, fun and liveliness. There is no shortage of laughter and smiles as the children enjoy such activities throughout the year as sprinkler parties, holiday festivals, craft making and guest appearances from interesting and informative people in the community. Not to mention daily fun times in the outdoor play area filled with jungle gym equipment, gardens, trees and grass.

Little TOTS Childcare & Preschool

Little TOTS Child Care & Preschool’s curriculum reflects the importance of connections between relationships with each other, their family, their culture, their community and the world around them.

Through active learning experiences that incorporate what the children are interested in, students are encouraged to be the authors of their own learning. Through their play, they engage in self-discovery, problem solving and collaboration with their peers. As they explore the environment examining relationships between objects, actions and people, the children learn a variety of concepts that they will later apply to new situations and experiences.

Montessori Educational Centers

Montessori Educational Centers program focuses on critical thinking, problem-solving, self-confidence and a strong foundation in mathematics, reading and the sciences in a non-stressful environment. Montessori Preschool students demonstrate great joy and passion in their learning. They are critical thinkers that are able to think and communicate efficiently and effectively!

Brownell Talbot School

Brownell Talbot is a pre-school through grade 12, an private, co-educational day school where students uphold the tradition of prep school by strong principles of character while having a first education built with an creative mind. Discover BT at their summer camps! The BT Experience offers more than 30 camps to choose from and before and after care to help round out the day. Camps are offered for rising preschool through grade 8 students.

Interested in finding more cool things to do with your kids in Omaha? Check out our local Events Page. New activities are being added everyday. 

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Comments (10)

January 12, 2015, 2 p.m. Flag

The Hills Montessori is great, the staff is excellent!

Heartland Montessori however is recently under new management and no longer has the primary teachers that made it a school worthy of this list. We tried to stick it out since our child was there for over two years and will be in kindergarten soon, but he just wasn't getting the same level of care.


January 12, 2015, 3:07 p.m. Flag

To the poster who wrote about Hearland Montessori...My daughter goes there and they just hired a new primary teacher in 2015. She seems to be working out really well for us. Just in the past week, my daughter has been talking a lot about the 'work' she did at school; looks like she is now learning some real stuff and enjoying it. I too think that they weren't doing much there before as she never spoke anything about her school day except something about having tea parties almost everyday. I hope the new teacher works out well for her; we are planning to send our younger one there too next year.


January 14, 2015, 12:20 p.m. Flag

How were these chosen? Millard Children's Academy has been voted best of Omaha two years in a row and it's not in this list.


January 14, 2015, 12:36 p.m. Flag


Curious how this article and the top preschools were researched. Was it by staff education/degrees, NAEYC accreditation, parent surveys, author observation, etc. Also, how many preschools were evaluated. Looking forward to hearing back. Thanks!


January 14, 2015, 12:38 p.m. Flag

I don't think this article holds any weight until the selection criteria and scoring also published. Until then, it is just a matter of opinion.


January 14, 2015, 5:20 p.m. Flag

I've seen articles like this on other sites, listing best or top ... To me, it seems more from voting for awards, so more a popularity contest than a scientific analysis. A good list, though definitely not comprehensive.


January 18, 2015, 3:31 a.m. Flag

Heartland Montessori WAS a wonderful, wonderful place before the school came under new management in August of 2014 (marking the third owner of the school in less than five years). I worked at Heartland (with owner number two) for over two glorious years before the third ownership change in August. What happened in the course of the third owner's first three months on campus was tragic; the events were so devastating, I ended my very successful 20 year Montessori teaching career. Not only did I leave, over half of the families in my class left the school as well. Since I am no longer at Heartland and can no longer recommend the school, my picture needs to be removed from the write up above. Thanks.


January 18, 2015, 3:44 a.m. Flag

I forgot to say that I am acquainted with the new teacher who was hired to take my place at Heartland and she seems to be a gem. Take good care of her, all of you parents who decided to stay at Heartland.


January 18, 2015, 11:41 a.m. Flag

Our family stayed at Heartland through the changes-while we miss the incredible teacher and families that left heartland and the transition was not easy nor well executed we are excited about the new possibilities and are very excited for the new primary teacher as my girls are coming home writing real words and wanting to learn!


December 7, 2015, 6:24 p.m. Flag

I just wondered what happened in those first three months at the heartland Montessori?


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