Preschool is important to every child for a number of reasons.

Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops by the age of 3, and between the ages of 3 and 5 is when higher thinking skills are at their peak of development. Children who experience age-appropriate stimulation and learning opportunities from birth to age 5 are more highly developed than their peers who do not.


Having your child in a quality preschool environment will expose him or her to age-appropriate activities that will increase brain development, as well as teaching important socialization skills. What looks like play to adults is the most important learning a child can do. Even parents who stay home with their children might consider part-time preschool to take advantage of the training and resources preschool teachers have that can benefit the development of their children.

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)

4/5-year old afternoon class - 12:30-3pm (M,T,TH)

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

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

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


Swede Preschool Academy

1311 Ave G (inside Dudley Elementary) | Melissa Bell | (308) 537-3651 |

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

Head Start

828 Lake Ave. | Heather Schroeder | (308) 537-3676 |

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.

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