Learning Community Council members have voted to fund an early childhood education plan to help impoverished children in 11 Omaha-area school districts.
The council members unanimously approved the measure Thursday. Officials with the educational cooperative say the funding will provide quality services for children up to 8 years old. Specific schools haven't yet been chosen for the program.
Officials plan to encourage Nebraska lawmakers to expand the program statewide if it works.
The education cooperative will pay for the first-year cost of $1.5 million using its reserve funds. Officials plan to impose a property tax increase in Douglas, Sarpy and part of Washington County to pay for the plan's annual $2.8 million cost the second and third years.