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Children’s Center Philosophy of Learning

We recognize each child as a unique individual with unlimited potential. We value the rights of each child as a member of our community, validating their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. We encourage children to exercise their right to make a choice in situations that don’t endanger themselves or others, focusing on safety, property, and rights.

We believe that children learn best through play and hands on experiences provided throughout each day. We value social and emotional learning; defined as the ability to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. We know that social and emotional learning is the foundation of all other learning so we focus our energy on developing each child’s social and emotional competence. We believe in the value of the family-school connection and know that parents are a child’s first and best teacher. We strive to work collaboratively with family members to ensure the success of their child in early childhood and beyond.

Full-time care

Full-time care: The child has a space in the classroom and can use this space at any time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snack served.

Nebraska Child Care Subsidy

The UNL Children’s Center participates and accepts the Nebraska Child Care Subsidy (Title 20). For program information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website. You may also contact our administrative team and we are happy to help families understand and navigate the subsidy program. .

Tuition Assistance

Through the generous support of Lincoln Littles the UNL Children’s Center offers tuition assistance for qualifying families. A maximum of $5,000 may be awarded annually for children who meet the following requirements:

  • Children between the ages of 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Child must be enrolled full-time
  • Parents must be either working or attending school
  • Families must show a financial need an fall within the set income guidelines (200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines by family size)

Families interested in qualifying must complete an online application. Determination will be based upon:

  • Availability of program funds
  • Determination based on family’s monthly gross income (income before taxes, insurance, and any other deductions are subtracted, which includes both earned income (e.g. wages, which must be verified by paystubs) and unearned income (e.g. child care support, Social Security payment, unemployment insurance, etc.). The family income is then comparted to the total number of household members (dependent care – typically parents and their children). If there are two parents in the family, both parents must be participating in one of the activities listed above.
  • Once a child of any age is awarded assistance, he/she is eligible to continue to receive assistance for a 12-month period. Families must reapply annually. Assistance may be cancelled earlier if the family is unresponsive to requests for updated activity or if funding should no longer become available.
  • Income must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for family size. Household members include all people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends) who share income and expenses. The applicant must include him/herself and all children who live with him/her. Households do not include other people who are economically independent, such as a roommate.

2022–2023 Application Timeline

May 15, 2022    Priority review of applications.

May 27, 2022    Priority review award notifications sent.

Ongoing    Applications after priority review will be evaluated as they are submitted and as funding is available.

Apply now for Tuition Assistance