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Lincoln Child Care

  • Our mission is to provide quality care and early education to children from 6 weeks to 6 years, to meet the needs of SCC students, staff and the community. The Center serves as a training site for our Early Childhood Education program along with other programs. Our professional staff is committed to creating an environment to develop the children independently, physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually under the guidance of trained personnel and students. The Center partners with you to ensure the best possible atmosphere for the children.

    The U.S. Department of Education CCAMPIS grant provides a limited number of scholarships for eligible students for the following child care services.

    • Childcare Assistance for children 6 weeks-5 years. The CDC offers a structured daily schedule with developmentally appropriate activities, along with a preschool program. Children are served breakfast, lunch, and a snack. The CDC has an outdoor classroom to allow children to experience nature through gardening and other activities.
    • Adventure Mini-Camps for children Post K-11 years of age. These are held during the school year (fall-spring) only on days when Lincoln Public Schools is not in session and SCC is in session. Theme-related activities and games all day.
    • Summer Camp for children 6-11 years of age. This is held when LPS is out of school for the summer the CDC offers Summer Camp, which is a weekly themed camp with activities, games, and field trips.


  • We offer a quality developmental program that cares for children while their parents are away from home, attending classes, at work, or involved in community services.

    Purple Room
    Age: 6 weeks to 12 months
    Capacity: 12 infants
    Ratio: 1:4

    The room is divided into two areas, one area for the mobile infants and one area for the non-mobile infants. The Purple Room focuses on these areas of development areas through a variety of activities:

    • sensory
    • physical
    • intellectual
    • language
    • social
    Green Room
    Age: 12 to 24 months
    Ratio: 1:4

    We work on language skills, small and large motor skills, and independence. We have many developmentally appropriate activities that the toddlers experience during the day. Some of the activities include:

    • singing songs
    • dancing to music
    • playing with blocks
    • painting
    Blue Room
    Age: 18 to 36 months
    Ration: 1:6

    On a daily basis through planning and experiences the children practice self-help skills, independence and are encouraged to use social/verbalization skills. It is important that the experiences help the children's self esteem in a positive way and build on their interest.

    Red Room
    Age: 3 years old

    We plan activities around the children's interests as well as their desire to be friends. The children have child friendly jobs that they choose daily; such as a Group Leader or a Toy Helper. They have responsibilities as well. Some things they are responsible for are:

    • picking up after themselves
    • putting their belongings in their locker or cubby
    • cleaning up their meal area

    The Red Room is an active and exciting place to be.

    Yellow Room
    Age: 4 to 6 years old

    This is the last stop before Kindergarten and each year the children take part in a Preschool Graduation ceremony.

    The Yellow Room is designed to be challenging, stimulating, and meet the needs of the different ages of children.  The activities in the room are created to help the children develop independence, problem solving skills, positive self esteem, joy for learning and small and large motor skills.

    The room is divided into different learning centers which emphasize art, literacy, computers and more.

    6:30 a.m. CENTER OPENS
    6:30–7:45 a.m.

    Free Choice with teacher guidance;
    puzzles, interest centers, books, building, and special activities

    7:45–8:15 a.m.Breakfast
    8:30–9:15 a.m. Special interests / Introduction for the day / Group
    9:15–11:30 a.m. Work time — special activities — dramatic play, art, music, cooking, games, pre-reading, and pre-math
    11:30–12:45 p.m. Clean-up times — bathroom, music, stories, and discussion
    11:15–12:15 p.m. Lunch
    12:30–12:45 p.m. Bathroom — brush teeth
    12:45–3:00 p.m. Nap time for younger children; special activities and games for school age
    3:00–3:45 p.m. Bathroom time
    3:15–3:45 p.m. Snack
    3:45–5:45 p.m. Free choice — interest centers / outdoor time
    5:45–6:00 p.m. Bathroom time
    6:00 p.m.CENTER CLOSES

    Holiday Closings  

    New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (observed), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and all other days the Lincoln campus is closed.


    You must submit the Waiting List Form with a $10 non-refundable fee prior to enrollment. Once you have secured a spot, there are several forms you will need to complete along with a copy of current immunizations. Prior to the first day of attendance, you need to pay a refundable security deposit of $135 for the first child and $75 for the second child.

    Enrollment Period

    • Children of SCC students: Required to be enrolled for the entire semester. They are not required, but can opt, to be enrolled during break periods.
    • Children of SCC faculty and staff: Required to be enrolled yearly. They are not required to be enrolled during the 4-week break between the Spring and Summer Quarter. The children must be enrolled for all other weeks the Center is open.
    • Children of community members: Required to enroll yearly for the entire 50 weeks the Center is open.

    Children can be unenrolled with a two-week written notice. If you want to re-enroll at the Center you will be required to go on the waiting list.

    Student Rates

    AgeWeeklySibling (5% discount)DailyPart-time Block
    Infants / Purple
    6 weeks to 18 months  
    Toddlers / Green
    18 to 36 months
    Toddlers / Blue
    24 to 36 months  
    3 to 5 years
    $191$181 $42 $26
    Kindergarten & up  $177$168 $40$26
    AgeWeeklyMWFT, THM-F
    a.m. or p.m.
    Infants / Purple
    6 weeks to 18 months
    Toddlers / Green
    18 to 36 months  
    $219$141$94 $145
    Toddlers / Blue
    24 to 36 months  
    3 to 5 years
    $191$126 $84 $130
    Kindergarten & up  $177$120$80$130

    LIMITED PART TIME slots available to SCC students only:
    Mon., Wed., Fri. (full day)
    Tues., Thurs. (full day)
    Mon.–Fri. (a.m. block)
    Mon.–Fri. (p.m. block)

    a.m. Block consists of any 5 hours before 1 p.m.
    p.m. Block
    consists of any 5 hours after 11 a.m.

    Faculty and General Public Rates

    AgeWeeklySibling (5% discount)Daily 
    Infants / Purple
    6 weeks to 18 months  
    Toddlers / Green
    18 to 36 months
    Toddlers / Blue
    24 to 36 months  
    3 to 5 years
    $196$186 $43 
    Kindergarten & up  $182$173 $41 

    The Southeast Community College Child Development Center offers a Summer Camp for school aged children during the summer months.

    Financial Support

    Scholarships are available for PELL eligible SCC registered student/parents to help cover the cost of the camp fee(s). Scholarships are provided by the U.S. Department of Education CCAMPIS Grant. Please apply prior to registration for camp. Apply for financial support. If you have questions or need assistance, please stop by the Child Development Center on the Lincoln campus, email lmiller@southeast.edu or call 402-437-2450.


    Please review camp sessions and descriptions below to determine which camp sessions to register your child for. You may register for as sessions as you want. SPECIAL OFFER: If you register for five or more sessions, the camp session fee will be reduced by $5 per camp. Register for summer camp sessions by completing one of the following registration form options. Additional health and permission forms will need to be completed for camp participation. Please note that your registration will not be confirmed until deposit is received.

    Online Form

    Printable Form (PDF)

    Camp Sessions

    A week camp will typically include one trip to the pool or splashpad, one trip to a local library or park and 2-3 theme-related trips (examples: trip to the zoo during animal week, climbing a rock wall during fitness week). We will do our best to accommodate all trips listed however, trips are subject to change due to transportation availability, staffing or unforeseeable circumstances. Additional trips or guest visitors may be added depending on availability.

    1. May 30 – June 2 (4-DAY CAMP) – Summer Kickoff
      Let’s kick off summer with some camper favorites like mini golf and laser tag. We’ll also visit a Lincoln Public Library and get signed up for the summer reading program. Finally, we’ll cool off with a trip to the pool and popsicles.
    2. June 5 – 9 – Fun, Friends and Fitness
      Let’s get physical. Join us this week as we conquer our fears on UNL’s indoor rock wall. Next, we’ll roll on over to Hollywood Bowl to show off our bowling skills. Don’t forget – we’ll also practice fitness fun at a local park and the pool.
    3. June 12 – 16 – Animal Antics
      Calling all animal lovers. Get batty with us this week while we gaze at gorillas and lounge with lemurs at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. We’ll explore our way through the aquarium, jungle, desert and more. The fun isn’t over yet – we’ll also stop by the Capital Humane Society to meet some of our favorite furry friends.
    4. June 19 – 23 – Arts, Music and Movement
      This week is all about the arts. Let’s get messy with a trip to Paint Yourself Silly and lots of wacky crafts. We’ll also enjoy a “camper favorite” trip to Mahoney State Park to enjoy the indoor playground activity center and the arts and crafts center! Don’t forget about the library, park and pool!
    5. June 26 – 30 - Kool Kravings
      It’s time to get cooking. Put your chef hat on this week and join us for some crazy culinary creations. First, we’ll take a trip to Hy-Vee for a special behind the scenes tour, nutrition tips and a tasty snack. Then, put your skills to the test in an exciting camp cooking challenge. We’ll also create our own camp cookbook and end the week with a sweet treat.
    6. July 5 – 7 (3-DAY CAMP) Party in the USA
      Join us as we pack lots of patriotic fun into a short week. We’ll celebrate with an exciting trip to the Nebraska State Capitol and make a star-spangled splash at the pool. Don’t forget the festive crafts and a special red, white and blue ice cream party.
    7. July 10 – 14 – Lights, camera, action
      Lights, camera, action. Shine like a star this week as we practice our singing, dancing and acting skills for our annual summer camp talent show. We’ll also build our confidence with improv activities and a visit to the radio station to make our own commercial. Don’t forget – this week also comes with a trip to Marcus Theatres for a movie and popcorn.
    8. July 17 – 21 – Wet and Wild
      Let’s go bananas this week as we hang with monkeys for a day at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. We’ll also splish, splash and soar down the slides in a trip to Star City Shores. The fun continues back at the Center as we’ll enjoy a visit from the Raptor Conservation Alliance and build our own banana splits.
    9. July 24 – 28 – Let’s Explore S’more
      Take a trip back in time this week as we explore our way through Morrill Hall and the planetarium. We’ll also be stealthy and sneaky as we venture through a camper favorite… Robber’s Cave. Camp is not complete without the pool, library and crafting our own gooey s’mores. This week ROCKS.
    10. July 31 – August 4 – The Best of Lincoln
      Join us as we visit some of the most exciting places that Lincoln has to offer. We’ll enjoy a day at the Lancaster County Fair filled with farm animals, scavenger hunts and unique shows. Discover more hands-on fun at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. Cool off with a trip to the pool and popsicles.
    11. August 7 – 11 Super-Secret Surprise
      Summer isn’t over yet - join us for one last week full of camper favorites. Enjoy silly surprises and some of the best activities and trips of the whole summer. We’ll enjoy mini golf at Prehistoric Putt and bowling. We’ll also vote on an exciting surprise trip, but for now, that’s top secret.

    Camp Hours

    Activities and field trips will run between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Campers may be dropped off at the Center between 7:30-9 a.m. and picked up between 4-5:30 p.m.


    A nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided each day. Breakfast runs from 8:00-8:30 am.


    Camp teachers are trained Early Childhood Education professionals and Early Childhood Education program students. Each group will have a teacher/pupil ratio of 1-15.


    The Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law states that all children age 7 and under must ride correctly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat. Parents with children age 7 and under must provide a booster or car seat each day of camp. All camp teachers will have Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training and will transport children on trips in either a 12-passenger van or minivan.

    Southeast Community College is hosting a series of Spring Mini Camps on select days in which community schools may not be open. These camps will give youth the opportunity to learn from staff and complete hands-on activities like crafts, games, field trips on select days, and lots of fun. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided.

    Children of SCC employees, SCC students and community members are invited to participate. Youth ages 5-12 are welcome to attend.

    2023 Camp Dates

    Friday, February 17
    Monday, February 20
    Tuesday, February 21
    Monday, March 13

    Tuesday, March 14
    Wednesday, March 15
    Thursday, March 16
    Friday, March 17

    Friday, April 7
    Monday, April 10
    Thursday, April 27
    Friday, April 28

    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (flexible drop-off and pick-up options)

    Camps vary in price based on qualifications. Registration forms can be submitted by completing the online form or dropped off at the Child Development Center on SCC’s Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St. Deposit is to be paid at time of registration.

    Have questions? Need more information or to register?

    Contact Katie Zabel at kzabel1@southeast.edu or stop by the Child Development Center at 8800 O St. in Lincoln.

    Q: Do I have to enroll my child or can I just drop them off?
    A: Children must be enrolled with the Child Development Center prior to attending. We have a waiting list, and names will be accepted for the list according to the number of slots available for each age group. The Center offers limited drop-in as space allows on a daily basis.

    Q: Do you offer part-time care or hourly care?
    A: We offer limited part-time care for SCC students only. Options for part-time are Monday-Wednesday-Friday, Tuesday-Thursday, Monday-Friday morning, and Monday-Friday afternoon. We do not offer hourly care.

    Q: Do I need to take my child to a different preschool program?
    A: No. SCC's Child Development Center is a quality developmental program that offers a preschool setting and curriculum for all age groups. Curriculum is specific to each age group. Each classroom has weekly lesson plans that target all areas of development and a daily schedule.

    Q: Do you offer school-age care?
    A: We offer school-age care on non-school days according to the Lincoln Public School schedule during the year and Summer Camp during the summer months. We do not transport to and from schools.

    Q: Do I have to be a student at SCC to enroll my child?
    A: No. We offer care to SCC students, faculty and staff and to the general public.

    Q: Do the teachers in the Center have degrees?
    A: Yes. Each classroom has a full-time Group Supervisor who has a minimum of an associate's degree in Early Childhood Development or related field.