Kids Can Community Center ( is honored to announce the recipient of the 2023 Can Do Provider Award: Ashli Carlock. She is the proud owner of Blessed Are They Learning Center in North Omaha, home to Ashli’s heart and the place where she grew up.

Ashli has 18 years of experience working in early childhood education. Ms. Carlock’s passion for serving children and her community extends outside of her childcare center; she previously held a leadership role in her home church, Church On Purpose and currently serves as a member of the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) Child Care Network Advisory Council and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute’s Workforce Leadership Cadre.

The Can Do Awards Luncheon is on Thursday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UNO Scott Conference Center. For more information about this year’s event and other Can Do Awards go to

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is a statewide nonprofit organization established in 2014 to provide support, resources and training to strengthen early learning across Nebraska. Learn more about NECC at

At Kids Can Community Center, their mission is to educate, engage and inspire children through early childhood education and out of school experiences. For more information, visit