Established in 1908 as Social Settlement Association of Omaha, the organization was rebranded to Kids Can Community Center in 2009 to better reflect our vision and programs. The focus on children and families was a common thread throughout the first century of the organization. We had our first school-based program in 1916, our first summer program in 1923, and our first preschool program in 1942. This year, Kids Can is celebrating 110 years of service to the community.
Kids Can currently has five sites offering Out-Of-School programs for children ages 5 to 13 years old. Our center at 4860 Q Street offers the widest variety of programs including mentoring, before-school programs, after-school programs, full-day programs when school is closed for conferences/in-service days, and an uninterrupted 12-week summer program. We also operate four school-based sites at Mandela, Miller Park, Wakonda, and Gilder Elementary Schools.
In 2018, we continue to value the belief that all children deserve an impactful enriching educational experience despite any socio-economic barrier they may encounter. Our younger children will be better prepared to enter kindergarten and our elementary students will have greater exposure to STEMsmart activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Strength, Music, Art, Reading, Tutoring). Kids Can is a Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Best Practices Partner and a GuideStar Platinum Status Member.