Early Childhood Development & School Age Programs

Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC)

Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom at Northbridge Childcare Center

CEDARS is now enrolling children from six weeks to 12 years in our childcare and school-age programs, with immediate openings in our nationally accredited preschool programs. For more information, please call 402-436-5437. CEDARS Early Childhood Development Centers provide children with early and ongoing developmental opportunities to engage them and help them become better learners. CEDARS Nationally Accredited Centers offer:

  • Quality early education for children 6 weeks to 6 years
  • Extended hours from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Kindergarten-readiness curriculum
  • NEW Nature Explore™ Outdoor Classroom at Northbridge Location
  • Childcare subsidies accepted
  • Strong focus on social and emotional development to give children a healthy start
  • Classrooms led by educated and experienced teachers
  • Developmentally enriching activities
  • Individual goal planning and assessment
  • An inclusive and diverse environment- CEDARS staff and management work to support and ensure multiculturalism in the classroom
  • Competitive tuition and scholarships
  • Full-time care
  • Participation in family-style food service through the USDA food program and practice of regular oral hygiene
  • CEDARS Early Childhood programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Families receiving state childcare subsidies (Title XX) are welcome, and other families in need may apply for scholarships to offset the financial burden.

  • Carol Yoakum ECDC, 4621 N.W. 48th St., Lincoln, NE -- (402) 437-8923
    (co-located at the Carol Yoakum Family Resource Center)

  • Northbridge ECDC, 1533 N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE -- (402) 437-8999

  • View the ECDC Parent Handbook for detailed information about how CEDARS will care for your child(ren).

Community Learning Centers (CLC)

In partnership with the Community Learning Center (CLC) initiative and Lincoln Public Schools, CEDARS provides students with positive experiences, enrichment, and academic clubs that help them become lifelong learners.

Community Learning Centers provide safe, supervised and cost-effective before- and after-school and summer enrichment activities for youth. The CLCs also provide support and stability to the families of children served and engages the community where the school is located.

  • Clinton Elementary School, 1520 N. 29th St., Lincoln, NE -- (402) 436-1132

  • Hartley Elementary School, 730 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE -- (402) 436-1139

Thanks to caring supporters, the kids in our care have the right supplies for school.

Jerome is ready for Kindergarten now.