Welcome to Early Learning Academy

The Lexington Early Learning Academy, a preschool for children age three and four, is a collaborative effort between Lexington Public Schools, the City of Lexington and other community partners. The program is located at the Opportunity Center, which is a former retail store that was renovated to provide space for up to 300 children. The Early Learning Academy provides a play oriented, structured learning environment with academic objectives designed to enhance a child’s social, emotional, intellectual, language, physical, and aesthetic development. Language acquisition and literacy are a primary focus of the early childhood program. Curriculum is based upon the Nebraska Department of Education Early Learning Guidelines. Assessment of student outcomes is accomplished through use of an approved model from the NDE Results Matter initiative. The program is designed to equip children with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Mission Statement

"Help children acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for them to enter kindergarten ready to learn and enable them to have a successful school experience."

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Early Learning Academy contains 9 classrooms.

ELA contains a morning session that lasts from 7:40 am – 11:10 am and an afternoon session that lasts from 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Kristy Connolley


Cindy Flint


Kristie Converse


Donna Hanson


Katie Maloley


Abbie Neujahr


Kelley Swanson


Chelsea Smith


Tara Tomasek


Robin Einspahr

Early Intervention

Nicole Lopez

Special Education

Aaron Peterson

Special Education

Sara Oberg

Speech Pathologist

Tracy Naylor


Julie Neher


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Summer School Information for students heading to Kindergarten!

ELA’s Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night @ ELA Join us from 4:30-6:30 at the Early Learning Academy March 5th, 2020 Come learn all about Dr. Seuss and have