Bright Futures Preschool

 Give your child a smart start at Bright Futures Preschool! We have an exciting, educational program for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. Bright Futures has an energetic preschool environment to engage students in learning and encourage creativity.

Our highly-qualified, certified teachers address each child's unique personality (physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language) through meaningful, hands-on interaction.

Bright Futures is a family-oriented preschool with resources to serve the entire family. We believe everyone deserves a bright future!



Kearney Public Schools invites students from eligible families to apply for a grant-supported preschool program. The program runs from August to May. Eligibility considerations:

  • Low-income status
  • Students who are English Language Learners
  • Students of Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Students of Teen Parents
  • Other risk factors
  • Appropriate Age (must be 3 OR 4 years old on or before July 31st)
*Applicants must provide family income information and a copy of the certified birth certificate. Children must be up-to-date on immunizations.


Program Information

  • The program runs five days a week (Monday-Friday).
  • Classes are from 8:15 am to 3:00 pm.
  • The program serves primarily 4-year-olds and will accept some 3-year-olds
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the parents.
  • Applicants must either provide family income information or qualify for free/reduced meals.
  • Tuition is based on a sliding scale calculated from income if the student does not qualify for free/reduced meals.
  • Tuition payments will be due to Kearney Public Schools by the 5th of every month.
  • Tuition checks for Bright Futures should be made payable to Kearney Public Schools (KPS)
  • Meal payments must be made payable to Bearcat Diner.
  • Bright Futures Preschool Handbook (PDF below)

 Applications will open on January 1 for the 23-24 school year. 
Application Link

Start their education off right... Start at BRIGHT FUTURES!


 Applications will open January 1 for the 23-24 school year. 
Application Link




Monday through Friday.


8:15 am to 3:00 pm.


Bright Futures Preschool

Megan Schmidt, Principal

Kearney Education Center
1511 5th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68845


Early Childhood Teachers

Megan Chamberlain [email protected]
Kinzy Dibbern
Amber Neben [email protected]
Brandi Dorsey [email protected]
Lindsie Thiems [email protected]
Amber Sklenar [email protected]
Janelle Kowalek [email protected]