NET Announces Omaha Teacher Part of 'Early Learning Champions'

News Release Date: 
December 17, 2019


NET Announces Omaha Teacher Part of 'Early Learning Champions'

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 17, 2019) – Today, NET announced Melissa Cardon from Little Bubbles Preschool in Bellevue as its 2019 Early Learning Champion. 

Established in 2018, this awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and offers a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by NET and PBS KIDS. Melissa Cardon from Little Bubbles Preschool

“We are excited to highlight Melissa as an example of the excellent work and lifelong impact that early childhood educators have on the lives of young learners,” said Sarah Noordermeer, Early Childhood Education Specialist for NET.

Cardon was selected for going above and beyond in her quest to provide a positive learning environment. She incorporates hands-on learning techniques, including curriculum-specific learning tools and an outdoor play area, into her center’s learning environment. Cardon not only runs a preschool during the day, as a Nebraska TEACH scholarship recipient, she is also working on obtaining a bachelor's degree in hopes to one day become a public school teacher.

The PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions program includes various early learning caregivers – certified Pre-K, Head Start and early elementary teachers, childcare providers as well as family, friends and neighbors in early learning settings – representing, celebrating and supporting the diverse teaching community impacting young learners. With support from PBS KIDS and local PBS stations, including NET, they will explore unique in-person and digital experiences, forge pathways for their own professional growth, build meaningful relationships with peers from across the country, create content and develop and implement their ideas in their communities and classrooms.

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PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.