Smart Start Learning Center Changes Hands


Smart Start Learning Center Changes Hands

On July 19th, first-time business owner, Margertha McLean, purchased Omaha’s most innovate childcare facility – Smart Start Learning Center ( from Jayne Buck, owner since 2012. Located just north of the 72nd and Blondo streets intersection, Smart Start focuses on enriching early childhood education with art, science, nutrition and fitness activities. A former engineer with degrees in Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences, McLean is looking forward to implementing more STEM-focused programs to help give Omaha’s kids a head start in math and science.

With the assistance of her Curriculum and Education Manager, assessment tests will be developed to help meet each child’s individual needs, from toddlers to preschoolers. Existing programs for school age children include before and after school care, school transportation and school break programs with field trips and special activities. Children ages 3 and up are exposed to art, dance, soccer, story time and more to provide a well-rounded experience.

McLean has already spent her first few weeks meeting most of the parents and getting to know the kids better, and she has a knowledgeable staff to help in her transition to ownership. While management is a newer experience for McLean, her enthusiasm and ideas, and support from Buck, will help her to see the center grow and prosper.

To find out more about Smart Start Learning Center, please call (402) 614-2722 or visit