Mission

OPSF Early Childhood Education Programs

OPSF Early Childhood Education Programs

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation enriches students' lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors and help students to achieve their dreams.

To carry out this mission, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation seeks private and corporate contributions and gifts.

The Foundation also develops proposals for projects and programs for presentation to private, corporate and philanthropic organizations for sponsorship and funding.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt organization under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, all residents of the Omaha Public School District.

Did You Know?

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    Established in 1984 – The Omaha Board of Education created the Omaha Schools Foundation to enrich the educational experiences for Omaha Public Schools’ students

  • The initial “start up” funding for the Foundation was a gift of $1,555.71 from the Omaha Public Schools Instruction Department.
  • Luanne Nelson, then Communications Director for OPS, served as Executive Director until 2010.
  • Toba Cohen-Dunning served first as Associate Executive Director from 2006 until  2010 when the Board appointed her the new Executive Director.
  • In 2018, OPSF provided over $150,000.00  in both Community and OPS Teacher Grants.
  • OPSF administers scholarships established in the honor of OPS teachers, administrators, students and in 2018 awarded over $450,000.00 to OPS graduating seniors.
  • OPSF administers Kids Club before and after school child care programs in 42 OPS elementary schools, serving over 5000 students.
  • OPSF provides parent-paid Early Childhood Classrooms in select OPS elementary schools throughout the district.
  • The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations -- “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations”-- has ranked Omaha Schools Foundation in the Top 10 of the nation's Public School Foundations for the last 4 years.
  • Omaha Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) was recognized on Nov. 12, 2018, with the Investor in America Award, presented by Partners for Livable Communities (Partners), a Washington-based nonprofit.

OPSF Board of Directors

OPSF Board President, Steven D. Kinkead

OPSF Board President, Steven D. Kinkead

The Omaha Board of Education created the Omaha Public Schools Foundation in 1984 as a vehicle for enriching the educational experiences of Omaha Public Schools' students.

The Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars. The initial "start up" funding for the Foundation was a gift of $1,155.71 from the Omaha Public Schools Instruction Department.

The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board consists of community leaders dedicated to raising funds and dispensing them for educational projects and programs that are not included in the regular operations of the Omaha Public Schools. The Foundation's funds have and will be used to encourage the development of new and innovative projects, scholarships for students, teacher recognition awards, Kids Club, and extended day care programs for students.

In addition to funding learning opportunities that exceed the financial capability of the general budget, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation encourages broad-based community support and active interested citizens. The teacher awards and classroom grant projects funded directly by the Foundation provide a catalyst for raising teacher morale by providing a resource for developing innovative instructional practices. Many of these projects have later become part of the school's regular curriculum.

Through these projects, awards, and programs, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation seeks to sustain this community's tradition of excellence in education.

Executive Board

President: Steven D. Kinkead

Vice President: Gema Simmons, MD

Secretary: Herman Colvin

Treasurer: Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan

Board Members

Susan Aguilera-Robles
Tracy Casady 
Heidi Kaschke
Sharon Kirshenbaum

Precious McKesson
Robert Miller (OEA)
Derrick Nero
David VanMetre (Ameritas)

Eric Williams

Kids Club Staff

Current Employment Listings

We are looking for child care staff.

If you love working with elementary school children, are young at heart,
have a sense of humor, and are 16 years or older…

Our program wants you!

We need Childcare Directors, Assistant Directors and Aides for our before and after school child care program. Part time split shift. Ideal for Elementary Education majors or any student.

Need experience working with children…Call Omaha Schools Foundation at 531-299-0250. for further information.

Omaha Public Schools Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies:  Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE  68131, (531-299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE  68131 (531-299-0307).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacionalidad, religión, sexo (incluyendo el embarazo), estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, información genética, identidad de género, expresión de género, estatus de ciudadanía, condición de veterano, afiliación política o condición económica en sus programas,  actividades y empleo y se  proporciona un acceso equitativo a los niños exploradores (boy Scouts) y otros grupos juveniles. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para aceptar las alegaciones en relación con las políticas de no discriminación: el Superintendente de Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822). Las siguientes personas han sido designadas para manejar las preguntas con respecto a las políticas de no discriminación: Director de la Oficina de Equidad y Diversidad, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).

Privacy Policy

Introduction

We have developed this Privacy Policy for the Omaha Public Schools Foundation Website to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our Website, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. This Privacy Policy is your guide to how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our Website.

Use of Links

Throughout the Website, we provide links to other servers which may contain information of interest to our visitors. We take no responsibility for, and exercise no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other servers. Additionally, each of these servers is governed by its own privacy policy and terms of use.  Be sure to read those policies in order to understand how your information is being collected, stored, and used.  Creating a text link from your Website to our site does not require permission. If you have a link you would like us to consider adding to our Website, please send an email to with the subject "Link Request".

Use of Text and Images

If you would like to publish information that you find on our Website, please send your request to    Reproduction, copying, or redistribution for commercial purposes of any materials or design elements on the Site is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  Permission is granted only when certain limited criteria are met.  For information on requesting such permission, please contact: 

Accessibility

This Website is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities, and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility. We welcome your comments. If you have suggestions on how to make the site more accessible, please email your suggestions to .

Reading or Downloading

When you browse through any website, certain information about your visit can be collected.  If you do nothing during a visit to the Omaha Schools Foundation Website other than browse through the Website, read pages or download information, certain data will be gathered and stored automatically about the visit.  This information does not identify you personally.  We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain), the date and time you access our Website, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked to our site. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of the Website, and to help us make the Website more useful to visitors.

Online Profile Updates and Donations

If you complete the Profile update form and share your personally identifying information, this information will be used only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the "Opt Out" section below.

Sending us an Email

You may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example, in an email message containing a question or comment, or by filling out a Website form that provides us this information. We use personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to your requests. Your email may be forwarded to other Omaha Schools Foundations employees or contractors who are better suited to answer your questions. We may also use your email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest.

We want to be very clear: we will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit the Website unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any outside parties. We will not share your name or email address with any outside parties.

Kids and Privacy

Omaha Public Schools Foundation understands the importance of protecting children's privacy.  Omaha Public Schools Foundation does not intentionally target or solicit to children thirteen (13) or younger for purposes of collecting personal information.  The Website may link to certain websites that may target or solicit to children thirteen (13) or younger and may collect personal information.  Those websites are not governed by this Privacy Policy, but will (or should) have their own privacy policies that more fully explain how they respect and protect the privacy of children while providing them information, goods, or services.  For children who visit our Website, special rules apply. We do not request personal information about children, such as first and last name or street address and city. When kids send email to us, their online contact information (email address) is not used to re-contact them and is not maintained in a retrievable format.

Opt-Out or Change Your Contact Information

From time to time Omaha Public Schools Foundation will send out a newsletter updating “Friends of OSF” on the foundation activities. Our Website communications provide recipients the opportunity to “Unsubscribe” from receiving such communications at the bottom of each email.

Security

This Website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.  Omaha Public Schools Foundation employs strict security measures to safeguard any online transactions.  Personal information is stored in a secured database and always sent via an encrypted Internet channel.  Transactions are conducted through Blackbaud Merchant Services on a secure Payment Gateway.

 Amendments and Updates

Please note that we review our privacy practices from time to time, and that such practices are subject to change.  Omaha Public Schools Foundation reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions on the Website.  We ask that you periodically review this page to ensure familiarity with the most current version of our Privacy Policy.  However, this Privacy Policy is not intended to, and does not, create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

Inquiries

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, the practices of the Website, or your dealings with this Website, you can contact us at: 402.502.3032

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