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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 5, 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.

If you have concerns about the cost of private preschool, a scholarship may be available for your child.

  • Download scholarship guidelines here;

  • Find the application here to print, complete, and sign; or

  • Complete the online form here.

Applications are due June 30. Learn more by emailing the GECLC coordinator at or by calling or texting 308-529-8784.

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 

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 

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

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

OHANA Christian Preschool

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

“OHANA means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” -Lilo &Stitch 

It is the mission of OHANA Christian Preschool to see that this quote is lived out not only within the walls of the preschool, but beyond. First and foremost, OHANA Christian preschool is exactly that, a Christian Preschool. Every day that students attend class, they will hear about Jesus, and His love for them through teacher-created Bible curriculum. At preschool, students will hear Bible stories and learn character traits, such as patience, thankfulness, or joy through Bible stories, poems, finger plays and songs. The "whole child" is nurtured in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development. This program provides a Christian setting for informal teaching experiences, teacher-directed activities, and free play.  

3/4 year old class - 9:00-11:00am (M,W)

4/5 year old class - 12:30-3:00 pm (M,W) or 9:00-11:30am (T,TH)

‣ 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.

3-4 year old class - 9-11:30 a.m. (T,TH)
4-5 year old class - 9-11:30 a.m. (M,W,F)

‣ 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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