How to Enroll Your Child in a Child Care Program
How to enroll in a child care program depends upon your family’s parish of residence, child care setting, and personal circumstances.
Enrolling in Private Child Care in Any Parish
To enroll your child in a private-pay or standalone child care program in any setting, you should contact your preferred child care provider(s) to ask about their enrollment process, timeline, waitlist information, and other enrollment requirements.
Qualifying for Free Child Care
If you are seeking to qualify for publicly-funded child care (free programming), contact your local school district to learn more about early childhood options and opportunities. Publicly-funded child care options are available in all communities in Louisiana, including:
- Early Head Start (birth to two)
- Head Start (three to five)
- LA4 (pre-k 4)
- NSECD (pre-k 4)
Applying for Tuition-assistance in Any Parish
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to low-income families who are working, in training, or attending school statewide.
Affording Child Care
When it comes to affording child care, you have options. In Louisiana, you may apply for publicly-funded (free) child care through a variety of programs. Find out more about free and tuition-assistance programs, and affording child care, below.
Determining What’s Affordable
If you need help determining what’s affordable for you, please contact our team or visit a Family Resource Center (Orleans Parish only).
Fully-Funded Programs [insert descriptive program language]
Early Head Start: Early Head Start is a family focused child development program that offers comprehensive services in the areas of education, health, nutrition, mental wellness, social services and parent, family & community engagement to low income families. LEARN MORE
Head Start: Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. LEARN MORE
NSECD: The Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program (NSECD) provides low-income families the opportunity to send their children to state-approved private preschools and child care centers. LEARN MORE
LA4: The Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program is the primary preschool program in Louisiana, serving more than 16,000 children. It provides full day pre-K programming in public schools to four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.
PDG: Preschool Development Grants support states to (1) build or enhance their infrastructure to provide high-quality preschool programs, and (2) expand high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities. LEARN MORE
City Seats: The Recovery School District’s EnrollNola team has taken the lead on developing a coordinated enrollment process so that families can use a single online application to apply for most publicly funded seats in an early childhood education program, whether that program is located in a school, early learning center or Head Start. Learn more
Where Else Can I Find Help?
In 2020, we passed zoning changes through the New Orleans municipal government which simplify and expedite zoning regulations for child care providers, making it easier for providers to expand their operations and increase capacity to serve families in need.