Guide to Omaha Daycares

By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

Ryan has helped many families moving to Omaha. Contact him if you have any questions about the Omaha area or need help buying a home.

Daycares can be extremely difficult to get into in Omaha. Many parents have to reserve a spot while early on in pregnancy in order to find a spot. Even then, many will already be full.
Omaha Daycares

I’m not sure if the daycare shortage is unique to Omaha, but it’s something that surprises first-time parents.

When you find out your pregnant, your hunt for daycare should begin. If your children are a little older, spots are easier to come by.

Number of Daycares

According to Care Lulu, there are 483 registered daycare centers in Omaha. Many of the elementary schools and private schools in the area also have PreK options.

You can also find several in home daycare options as well.

There are a few daycares with multiple locations in the Omaha area:
Montessori Education Centers – 10 Locations
Kindercare – 8 Locations
Primrose – 4 Locations
Sprouting Minds – 4 Locations

Price of Daycares

Daycares normally are around $120-$200 per week. Some of the cheapest options are around $25 or could be free with state assistance. Some of the most expensive can run up to $450 a week.

Alternate Options

There are nanny services available in Omaha. Normally, nannies make between $10-$20 an hour. This could be a good alternative if a parent works part time or if shifts are alternating.

If you are looking for a nanny, take a look at sites like Care.com, Nanny Lane, and Sitter City.

Also, some school districts provide pre-school and daycare options for infants up to kindergarten.

Tips

Look at reviews of different daycare centers online. This will reveal a lot of information about the daycare and how well it is managed.

Make sure you visit the daycare in person. Also, calling around as much as possible in order to find daycares with openings is crucial to finding a good daycare.

If you are starting a new job, ask your colleagues where they send their kids and what they think of the provider. Some companies such UNMC and First National Bank of Omaha actually provide on-site daycare to their employees.