Frequently Asked Questions

How old does the child have to be?

Must turn 3 or 4 on or before July 31 of this year

How do I register for Bear Cub Preschool?

Parents or legal guardians must complete a registration packet.  These can be downloaded from this site under the registration tab. Forms can also be picked up at the Preschool Office (2512 2nd Avenue) or at the Central Office (1722 1st Ave). Return completed forms to the Preschool Office.

What other forms or documents are needed to register?

All applications must include a certified birth certificate, a current immunization record, and proof of residency, such as a current driver’s license or utility bill. If you need to order a copy of the birth certificate and the child was born in Nebraska you can call 308-436-6500 for an application or order online at Vital Records  For all other states contact the vital records in the state they were born.

How long is the preschool day?

Stadium Site:  Morning Sessions from 8:15-11:15 AM (3-year-olds)
                 Afternoon Sessions from 12:15-3:15 PM (3-year-olds)
               Full Day (4-year-olds) 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Roosevelt Site: Full Day 8:05 AM-3:05 PM or 8:15 AM-3:15 PM

Extended day is available for an additional cost.  Hours before school begins at 7:15 AM and ends the day at 4:15 PM.  Families may select a preference for Full Day, AM, or PM sessions, but they cannot be guaranteed and will be determined by the Principal. 

Is there transportation?

No. A few of our students ride a small bus that is designed to support their needs but this is part of their IEP and not available to our regular education preschool students.

Where is it located?

We are located under the stadium on 2nd Avenue between the high school and middle school. There is a sign and a playground out front!

Roosevelt Site is located at Roosevelt Elementary 1306 9th Avenue.

What are the fees?

Our fees are based on the income of your family.  This form is part of the registration packet and is also updated every August. Rates include a snack and lunch for full-day students. Your rate will be determined after all forms are submitted and you accept placement in our program.  If there is a special hardship for families a meeting with the principal will occur to determine a scholarship. Head Start qualified students the tuition fees are paid in full through the federal Head Start program.   Check the registration packet for Tuition Rates.

How many students are in a classroom?

The maximum is 20 per classroom with a teacher and a para, so at the most there is 1 adult per 10 students. Bear Cub Preschool has two paraprofessionals in each classroom.

Are teachers certified?

Yes, our teachers have Nebraska teaching certificates like all teachers in the district as well as early childhood endorsements. The paras have also been through a process for para certification.

How do I register my child?

Bring a certified (raised seal) birth certificate for the preschool child and an immunization record. Come in to the preschool (stadium site) office and fill out the paperwork in the registration packet. We will make a copy of the birth certificate and accept your completed paperwork, including the free/reduced lunch forms (you must fill this out even though siblings are receiving these services).

When does the program start?

It follows the regular district calendar with just a few exceptions.

When are the fees due?

Tuition is due on the first of each month.