Safe Haven Community Center & Safe Haven Early Childhood Preschool Education Academy
 Prevention & Intervention Holistic Center serving the Greater Omaha Community Since 1999 

Safe Haven Community Center mission is to provide education and housing services to adults, children and families while acting as a holistic resource and referral advocacy social service community center insuring that all clients receive education and housing services needed to have a healthy stable home environment and to become productive citizens.  We assist children and families who may other wise fall through the cracks of our education and housing, social service system.

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Safe Haven Community Center Celebrates 16 Years of Service to the Omaha Community

Gwen Easter is the founder of Safe Haven Community Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency established in 1999, and the owner of Safe Haven Early Childhood Preschool Education Academy is licensed accredited NDHHS established in 2000. (Formerly known as Safe Haven Preschool Child Care) Ms. Easter started working in the childcare industry at the age of 16.  Ms. Easter, a graduate of the Dyslexia Training Institute, is a Certified Dyslexia and Special Education Advocate, trainer, consultant, and screener.  She has received Certificate of Completion through Susan Barton Bright Solution graduate level Dyslexia Screening course.     She has prepared children for kindergarten and tutored children and adults in reading for approximately 17 ½ years through her agency, academy and AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer American Reads program as tutor program organizer and tutor for Omaha Public Schools various tutoring programs, OPS OOIC Adult Education and Omaha Boys and Girls club from 1998-2000.  

It was during her AmeriCorps years she discovered that more than half the children and adults she worked with struggle with reading, writing and had learning disability. Ms. Easter realized how important it was to prepare children at an early age for kindergarten.   The importance  of  continuing to help school age children and adults who struggle with reading and have a learning disability.  During her AmeriCorps service she researched and received information about early childhood and preschool programs, and how to organize a program that focused on reading, writing, phonics, language, multisensory teaching using all senses to learn.  Ms. Easter believes God gave her the vision to start her early childhood, preschool, youth and adult education and housing services because of her neighborhood, personal school  and AmeriCorps experience.

After years of working with children and adults who struggle with reading, writing and have learning disabilities,  dyslexia and already having the understanding of how learning disabilities, dyslexia affect children and adults. Ms. Easter became a certified dyslexia advocate.  Ms. Easter offers R.E.A.D.S™ (Right to Educate Advocate for Dyslexic Students & Special Education) in conjunction to her early childhood, preschool, KIDS CAN READ! ™ Reading Tutorial Academy™  R.E.A.D.S™ provides dyslexia and special education advocacy, consultation, and screening and professional development training seminars to parent groups, educators, childcare providers and organizations.  The center and academy partner with Washington Branch Library to offer our free dyslexia seminars  and KIDS CAN READ BOOK CLUB™ Challenge to very low-income parents.  The Center is supported by academy staff, volunteers, certified and non-certified teachers, volunteer tutors and housing specialists, board members, donors and families.

  Ms. Easter credentials includes approximately 16 years of service to the community through her agency and academy including her AmeriCorps years 1998-2000.  Over 900 education course training hours in the areas of business, early childhood, literacy, learning disabilities, tutor training, tutor and volunteer training, dyslexia advocacy, consultant and screener for dyslexia, Wright Special Education Law, & PTI Special Education Training, Adult Education, staff and volunteer recruitment and management, program organizing, multisensory phonics teaching methods, adult education ESL (English As Second Language), family advocacy, Casa, Nami, mental health aide.  To learn more about Safe Haven Community Center services or Safe Haven Early Childhood Preschool Education Academy services call 402.932.6103. For information about R.E.A.D.S (Right to Educate Advocate for Dyslexic Students & Special Education) call 402 916-9653 Please click on the navigation bar to learn more about our services.

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