Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership

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Tuition-free Programs for Prenatal to Age 5 and their Families

The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are a resource for families to gain access to early childhood education services.

Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership provides high-quality, dual-generation early childhood education services to children and families living in poverty.


Providing families with the necessary tools and compassionate support they need to move forward successfully is what we do. Our educators and engagement teams partner with parents and caregivers to provide families with ongoing support and assistance in establishing goals, working to achieve economic stability, and giving them a good foundation for being their child’s first and most important teacher. Through home-based and center-based programs, we are able to meet the needs of families.


Children prenatal to age 3 are eligible for Early Head Start which offers two options:

  • Home visits for pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 3 after which they may transition to a Head Start Center.
  • Center-based programs at an Early Head Start center is provided to children with parents who receive parenting support through home visits.

Children age 3 to 5 are eligible for Head Start, a preschool and pre-K program that prepares them for kindergarten.

Families of all income levels are encouraged to apply with enrollment based on a point system determined by our application process. Criteria for the system include:

  • Child with disability
  • Foster child
  • Families facing hardship
  • Other qualifying factors - Contact us to see if you may qualify

What You Need to Apply

  • Immunization Records
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Income
  • If applicable, Medicaid/Insurance Number

What Are the Benefits?

Children Receive

  • A safe and nurturing learning environment
  • Breakfast and lunch for preschool and pre-K programs
  • Social skill development including following directions, and working and playing individually and with others
  • Language skill development by listening and asking questions
  • Development of a good self-concept and respect for others
  • Fun field trips in and around the community

Families Receive

  • Opportunities for active involvement in your child’s education and in the operation of programs
  • Offers for comprehensive health screenings for their children – physical, dental, vision, hearing, speech, developmental and social screenings, and immunizations
  • Support that connects them to community resources
  • Educational opportunities for parents and childcare providers including nutritional education

Communities Receive

  • Opportunities to build partnerships with local service providers and civic organizations
  • A return of federal dollars to the community
  • A strengthening of the next generation
  • Opportunities for businesses and individuals to assist children and families by volunteering and supporting the local Head Start Center


Head Start

Norfolk Head Start
301 E Omaha Ave, Norfolk, NE
(402) 371-8030

Wayne Head Start
1210 E 12th Street, Wayne, NE
(402) 375-2913

South Sioux City Head Start
2120 Dakota Ave South, Sioux City, NE
(402) 494-6755

Early Head Start

Siouxland Family Center Head Start & Early Head Start
1401 Pine Street, Dakota City, NE
(402) 494-1282


Niobrara School
247 N Hwy 12, Niobrara, NE
(402) 857-3322

Little Knights
400 North Brewster, Oakland, NE
(402) 685-5631

Little Panthers
2500 West Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, NE
(402) 644-2501

Little Blujays
602 Main St, Walthill, NE
(402) 846-5452

Blair Community Schools
1100 Deerfield Blvd, Blair, NE
(402) 529-6465

Wisner-Pilger School
801 18th St, Wisner, NE
(402) 529-6465

Lil Stangs
507 7th Street, Stanton, NE
(402) 439-2255

NENCAP is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. People with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866)632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202)690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.