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 annually serving 168 at-risk children, ages birth to five years. Operated and managed by Kingsley House, Educare New Orleans is part of a broad community redevelopment effort led by the Bayou District Foundation that aims to revitalize an area of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. 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 New Orleans’ Core Features

Full-day, full-year services

  • Educare New Orleans is open 12 months a year from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Small class sizes for individual attention

  • Infant toddler rooms: 3 teachers : 8 children
  • Pre-school rooms: 3 teachers : 17 children

Research-based teaching strategies for best results

  • Educare New Orleans works with a research team from Tulane University to collect data that strengthens our program.
  • Parents receive communication about their child’s progress

High minimum staff qualifications:

  • Master Teachers & Family Support Manager: Master’s degrees
  • Lead Teachers & Family Advocate Specialists: Bachelor’s degrees
  • Teacher Aides: HS diplomas/GED, Childcare Certifications, and/or CDA

On-site family support

  • Family support staff is available to families during all program hours and receive training on strategies to engage and support parents throughout their child’s enrollment.
  • Family support staff have small caseloads to provide the highest quality of services to families

Provide continuity of care to help children develop secure relationships

  • Children remain with the same teaching team from entry until transition to preschool
  • Children are able to work in small groups with a primary caregiver teacher to support individualized instruction and relationship-based work.

Impact

  • 336 at-risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families receive high quality early learning and development
  • 94% of 3 and 4 year olds successfully achieved core cognitive, communication, personal, social and motor skills that are key components for school readiness
  • 95% of graduates tested at levels equal to or better than their more income-advantaged peers

Contact Info

Angie Shorty-Belisle, School Director abelisle@educareneworleans.org Educare New Orleans 3801 St. Bernard Avenue New Orleans, LA 70122 (P) 504-308-3400 (F) 504-304-9205 www.educareneworleans.org