As summer starts to wind down, the familiar combination of excitement and dread of a new school year fills the air. It’s once again time to fill backpacks with fresh school supplies and for classrooms to come alive with the buzz of learning as students of all ages return to school. Parents, soak up the time with your kids home while you can! Students, enjoy your last few weeks of summer break!

Whether you’re a student preparing to rejoin your classmates, a parent navigating the intricate dance of schedules and routines or an educator ready to inspire young minds, the back-to-school season is a chance to embrace change. You have the opportunity to improve systems you put in place last year to accommodate everyone’s schedules and needs. From developing consistent study habits to balancing extracurricular activities with day to day life, this school year could be the smoothest sailing one yet.

Together, we’ll unravel the secrets of a successful transition, sharing insights, tips and strategies from local professionals to make the most of this exciting time. The back-to-school season is all about fostering a positive mindset and developing effective habits that cultivate success. If we start out strong, we’ll last a lot longer before we get burnt out; and if we do it just right, this school year won’t cause you any more stress than it has to! After all, the goal is always to have a stress-free year. Though it is nearly impossible, we aren’t counting it out yet!

The evolving landscape of education can be hard to grasp, as emerging trends, technologies and methodologies shape the modern classroom. Parents, we know that education looks a lot different for your children than it did for you. From helping your kids with homework to preparing them for the never-ending list of extracurricular activities they can sign up for, you definitely have your hands full. Good news is, the professionals of Omaha are here to help navigate the ever-changing terrain and equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for an outstanding educational journey. Local professionals are one call away from helping prepare students for the first day of school.

Healthy Smiles Equal Successful Smiles

Getting off to a good start in school begins with being healthy. Oral health is an important part of overall health. The team at Pediatric Dental Specialists knows the importance of a healthy smile, and helps children learn to care for their teeth and oral health at home.

Dr. Ben Reimer, Pediatric Dental Specialists

“We help get kids out of pain so they can eat well, sleep well and therefore learn well at school,” said Dr. Ben Reimer.

It is Nebraska law that all children attending kindergarten receive a dental checkup. Pediatric Dental Specialists is prepared for these visits and will send you home with the required documentation needed for kindergarten. They do everything they can at your appointment so you don’t have to worry about it later.

Though scheduling an appointment can be stressful as you work around multiple schedules, you can optimize school breaks by planning ahead and scheduling dental visits before your child is due to ensure they get an appointment time that best meets your busy schedule. Life gets busy and things get put off – oral health shouldn’t be one of them.

Pediatric Dental Specialists partners with parents to create healthy smiles and early positive dental habits that last a lifetime. Why not start now? Back-to-school time is the perfect time to schedule your next dental appointment.

Engaging, Hand-Crafted Curriculum

It is no secret that children learn more when they are interested in what they are learning. To optimize learning, you have to increase engagement and target lessons to the individual. At Heavenly Arms Learning Center (, Owner Miss Shyla optimizes learning through her handcrafted curriculum. She and her exceptional teaching team create unique lesson plans that gently challenge your child and address their areas of weakness.

Shyla Johnson Heavenly Arms

“Each child in our care receives the individualized attention that allows them to flourish,” said Owner Shyla Johnson. “Our expert team makes a daily difference in the life of your child. By getting to know your child personally, we can offer guidance and plenty of encouragement along the way.”

Plus, Miss Shyla doesn’t just aim to help children. She regularly puts together parent education videos to give you tailored expertise you can trust. She connects parents who struggle to make ends meet with resources like Title 20 to help pay for childcare costs.

Choosing the right childcare and education provider can be difficult. Everyone wants the best for their children, even if it means making sacrifices. With Heavenly Arms Learning Center, the sacrifices parents make for their children are much less impactful than elsewhere.

Where Will Education Lead?

As little kids, we dream of becoming rock stars and astronauts – professions that are unrealistic for the vast majority of us. In reality, most of us don’t know what we want to do with our lives when we are in elementary, middle or high school. Most of us don’t figure it out until college, halfway through college or well after we’ve entered the workforce. Real life experiences shape our desires and interests, but wouldn’t it be great to have an idea of what we want our futures to look like before we try to make puzzle pieces fit where they don’t belong?

TradeGamz (, a new business striving to connect students to careers, offers a platform for students and job seekers to connect with professionals from various fields, businesses of all sorts and colleges/universities around the country. The platform helps people explore different industries and career opportunities. By learning from those who experience it every day instead of Google, the goal is for students and job seekers to better understand their opportunities. Plus, while students are learning about their opportunities, they are simultaneously building their profile and resume through TradeGamz – something they can use to apply directly with the professionals they are learning from.

TradeGamz, in collaboration with educators, works to give each student a unique learning experience. With over 200,000 career options at their fingertips, educators can use the platform to connect students with careers they are truly interested in.

Regardless of if the returning student is in elementary, middle or high school, parents have their hands full. We know that the start of school isn’t any easier for college or adult students – though at least there is a little bit less running around for the parents. Everyone has a full plate as they adjust to a new schedule and challenge themselves academically. Though the start of school can be overwhelming, the professionals of Omaha are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Back-to-school time is filled with amazing deals and sales that will save you money. Take advantage of everything the local businesses have to offer as they try to lessen the impact of the start of school on your bank account. Look around, ask around – do whatever you have to do to find the best businesses to work with for your family. There are plenty of great options around!

You can’t possibly remember to do everything alone, let alone be fully prepared and have others prepared for school without help. We all forget things – it’s a part of life. That’s why they make back-to-school checklists and why the community rallies together behind students, parents and educators at the start of a school year. That stress ball you were last year when you didn’t ask for help? You never have to be that person again. Look towards the local resources in the Omaha community for support and help checking all the boxes, and then some, for another crazy year of academics and extracurricular activities. The 2023-2024 school year is upon us, and everyone is ready to help however they can!