Center-Based Early Head Start & Head Start

Early Head Start

The Early Head Start program provides quality child care, educational and recreational activities to infants and toddlers between the ages of 6 weeks to 2 years.

Early Head Start focuses on developing solid learning skills at a young age. These cognitive and behavioral skills play a vital role as young children begin to grow.

Our program promotes strong development and achievement in gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, self-help, and social and emotional skills. Our Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos includes dramatic play, music, books, puzzles and art. Each day our children receive two hot meals and a snack, while formula and diapers are provided for all infants.

Our continuity of care strategy allows children to remain with the same teaching team from entry until transition to preschool building strong, positive relationships. With a teacher to student ratio of one to four, children are able to work in small groups with a primary caregiver teacher to support individualized instruction and help them learn to work and play with others developing positive peer relationships and friendships.

We also actively engage parents to participate in their child’s education and recognize the importance of regular attendance to the foundation of their child’s educational career. Many of the children who complete the Early Head Start program transition to our Head Start preschool.

We also have a Home-based Early Head Start option if you would prefer to teach your child our curriculum in the home.

Center-Based Early Head Start & Head Start Enrollment

Families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in our Early Head Start or Head Start Program can apply at

If you’re interested in enrollment for the current school year; please contact NOPS Family Resource Center at 1-877-343-4773 to check for availability.

If any further information is needed, please contact our Head Start Center office at 504-523-6221 x179.

Head Start on a Historic Campus

The Head Start program prepares preschool children, ages 3 to 5, for successful academic careers by using innovative methods to make learning fun.

Our teachers are highly qualified professionals with specialized training and degrees. In every classroom, there is a lead teacher and an assistant.

Our curriculum-based instruction offers an age-appropriate environment that allows children to learn through hands-on exploration and discovery that helps build lifelong critical thinking skills and fosters confidence. The children are also exposed to Music and Movement, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), Physical Education and Health, Computer Literacy and the Arts, one to two times each week. Our approach to learning also provides children with social-emotional strategies for building relationships and increases their comfort and confidence at school.

The program encourages parental participation toward building a strong academic foundation for their child through regular meetings, ongoing communication, and advocacy activities.

Classroom spaces at all age levels for Early Head Start & Head Start are divided into well-defined interest areas that encourage distinctive types of play and promote development in all areas. These areas are flexible to accommodate children’s changing interests. Each interest area promotes fun, hands-on learning all day long. Outdoors, children have the opportunity to run and play on large, grassy area, and climb and interact on developmentally appropriate playground equipment.

Teachers guide children’s behavior using positive guidance strategies and support learning during every part of the day. They are intentional and responsive to the needs of the children, providing them with a consistent, respectful learning environment at all times.

Educare New Orleans

Educare New Orleans, the 19th school opened in the Educare Learning Network and first in the Gulf South, is an early childhood learning program serving 168 children, ages birth to 5 years.

Operated and managed by Kingsley House, Educare New Orleans is part of a broad community redevelopment effort led by the Bayou District Foundation in the Gentilly neighborhood.

The Educare model works on a foundation of four primary pieces: program, place, partnership and platform. Educare New Orleans is a research-based program that prepares at-risk children for school; a specially-designed place that nurtures early learning and sends a bold message about the value of investing in the first five years; an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors to create a more efficient, more effective early learning program; and a compelling platform to drive change among policymakers, business leaders and early childhood providers by demonstrating what quality early learning looks like.

Educare Enrollment

To learn more about the Educare model and how to enroll visit

Child Care Partners

Additional early childhood opportunities exist for families of infants, toddler and preschool aged children through our Early Head Start Child Care Partnership as well as our preschool partnership with Hoffman Early Learning programs.

This opportunity helps provide high-quality learning in partnership with regulated private programs in the community. All partners are required to meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards and demonstrate strong alignment with other Federally, State, or locally funded early childhood programs.

This program helps meet the needs of qualifying families (see below) by providing early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services through Kingsley House staff. Comprehensive services include health, nutrition, behavioral and family services. In addition, parent engagement activities, governance opportunities, and professional development are provided at all centers.

Eligibility Requirements

Families must meet the requirements of Dual Eligibility, which requires families to be eligible for both Childcare Assistance and Early Head Start. Children and families must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Families with incomes below the Federal poverty level

  • Families eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program OR the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program

  • Children who are experiencing homelessness, in the child welfare system, or who have a disability

Child Care Partner Enrollment

See below for a list of Early Head Start Partner Sites.

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our partner sites, contact:

Royal Castle

3800 Eagle St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Orleans Parish

Cuddly Bear

3600 Gen Meyer Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70114
Orleans Parish

Sheila’s Kiddie Cottage

4349 General Meyer Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70131
Orleans Parish

Hoffman Early Learning Center

2622 S. Prieur St.
New Orleans, LA 70125
Orleans Parish

Woodmere Learning Center

2066 Paxton St.
Harvey, LA 70058
Jefferson Parish

Weatherford Academy

613 Fourth St.
Westwego, LA 70094
Jefferson Parish

Candyland Kinder Kollege

6206 4th Ave.
Marrero, LA 70072
Jefferson Parish

Springridge Academy

520 Jackson St.
Kenner, LA 70062
Jefferson Parish

Kennedy’s Childcare Academy

715 Franklin St.
Gretna, LA 70053
Jefferson Parish

Carlie Care Kids

501 Richard St.
Gretna, LA 70053
Jefferson Parish

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