Local Providers

The Gothenburg Early Childhood Learning Coalition is made up of childcare providers and educators who have come together to support each other and to address community-wide issues that impact children and their families. The following providers are members of the GECLC and this list is compiled for your convenience. We understanding finding care for your child(ren) is an important decision and we want to help in any way we can. You are encouraged to contact the providers directly to learn more about their programs and availability.
Information on state licensed providers can be found at http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Documents/ChildCareRoster.pdf
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Visit the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network for a searchable database of licensed providers, contact info, and current capacity.

Child Care Centers

Building Blocks Childcare Center and Preschool


710 12th St. | Donna Portiner | (308) 537-2633 | 6 weeks to 13 years | M-F 6am-6pm

Center-wide preschool is offered for all children attending our Center, as well as open for children to attend just for preschool classes. The framework of our center is to meet each child's emotional, social, physical, and creative development. We know parents are the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing, and we also believe parents and teachers are partners in your child's care and education. Drop-ins are welcome!

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed 

Learning Adventures Child Care Center, Inc.


1401 Lake Avenue (inside the Methodist Church) | Casey Madsen | (308) 537-5194 | 6 weeks to 13 years | M-F 6am-6pm

It is the philosophy of Learning Adventures Child Care Center that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery. Young children are creative and receptive; the staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend the center. This full-day preschool program for all ages enrolled focuses on the development of the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each child.

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed

In-Home Care

Mandy's Daycare​


1115 22nd St. | Mandy Zorn | (402) 363-1280 | 6 weeks to 10 years | M-F 7:30am-5:30pm

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed

Home Swede Home Learning Childcare

1110 21st St. | Suzanne Holmes | (308) 529-7275 | 6 weeks to 12 years | M-F 7am-5pm

Dedicated provider with 34 years of experience. Passionate about a child's development during the first five years of life. Consistently strives to meet each child's individual needs. Utilizes meaningful conversations with children to promote higher order thinking skills. Implements both teacher and child-initiated activities based on the curriculum and supported by the information of the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines. A Step-Up-To-Quality Provider. Takes part in professional early childhood learning activities outside of work on a local and statewide level.

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed

Free-Standing Preschools

Agape Preschool

​1721 Lake Avenue (inside the E-Free Church) | Amber Olsen | (402) 960-7457 | @gothenburgagapepreschool - Facebook Link

4/5-year old morning class - 8:30-11am (M,W,F)

3/4-year old class - 9-11am (T,TH)

It is the goal at Agape Preschool to help children by providing a Biblical foundation, the social-emotional and academic knowledge and the physical activities to develop the motor skills necessary to be successful and flourish in kindergarten and throughout their education.

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed 

Joyful Noise Preschool


1401 Lake Avenue  (inside the Methodist Church) | Jordan Aden | (308) 539-7753

3/4-year old class - 8:30-11am (T,TH)

4/5-year old class - 12:30-3pm (T,TH) & 8:30-11am (F)

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed

Little Learners Preschool

1512 Ave G (inside the American Lutheran Church) | Lori Kitzing | (308) 529-1045

Classes for preschool-age children, 3-5 year olds, to prepare them for kindergarten.

Weekday mornings from 9-11:30am

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed


OHANA Christian Preschool

520 9th St. | Shiloh Schultz | (308) 930-0269

3/4 year old class - 8:30-10:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

‣ State Licensed

Swede Preschool Academy

1311 Ave G (inside Dudley Elementary) | Melissa Bell | (308) 537-3651 | facebook.com/GECLC/


4 and 5 year olds - must turn 4 by August 1

Monday - Thursday 8am-2:25pm

Swede Preschool Academy is a public school based preschool serving children who are in their year previous to kindergarten eligibility. This program is a full day program incorporating a balance between child-selected and teacher- directed activities fostering development in cognitive skills, language and communication, social/emotional skills, gross and fine motor skills, and adaptive behavior. Children receive two meals in this program: breakfast and lunch.

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed

Other Services


Early Development Network (EDN)

ESU-10, Kearney | Lyndi Miller | (308) 237-2280, ext. 346 | https://edn.ne.gov/cms/

Provides home-based early intervention services for children birth to age 3 who are experiencing or are at a high risk of experiencing developmental delays in any of the 5 developmental domains. The program is free to any family whose children qualify. Using a coaching model, caregivers are provided with the tools they need to help their child be successful. Working jointly with local school districts, EDN provides essential services (OT, PT, SLP, ECSE) in the child's natural environment (home or daycare typically).

‣ GECLC member


Head Start

828 Lake Ave. | Heather Schroeder | (308) 537-3676 | dawsonhs@mnca.net

3 to 5 years old

This free program serves children 3-5 years old for an hour and a half one day a week. This in-home program works with the parents to work with their children. With flexible scheduling, this program can serve children who are going to another preschool and may need a little extra help. Head Start uses the HELP curriculum, as well as setting goals with the families.

YMCA at Gothenburg Health

910 20th Street | Antonia Mendez | (308) 537-4022 | www.ymcaoftheprairie.org

The YMCA offers an after-school program for school-age students from 5-12 years old from after school until 6pm.

‣ GECLC member

‣ State Licensed