At Kingsley House, we offer a range of nationally accredited and state certified programs that make a positive difference in the communities we serve. Our programs serve individuals of all ages, ranging from six week old infants to senior citizens who are over one hundred years of age.

Children and families have been linked to the comprehensive array of programs at Kingsley House, as well as other vital programs and services being provided by fellow social and human service organizations throughout Southeast Louisiana.

For more helpful resources in Southeast Louisiana, please visit the VIALINK website below




Come Spend the Day with Us!

The Kingsley House Adult Services program, licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, provides day care for senior citizens and medically fragile adults 18 and over. Senior citizens and medically disabled adults thrive when they receive the care and supervision they need. They also enjoy the chance to engage in activities that invigorate the mind and body, and a supportive environment can be extremely beneficial to their overall physical and mental well being. Participants enjoy stimulating social and recreational activities in a safe and stable environment. Our activities range from weekly bingo games, arts and crafts, and field trips, to live music, movies and birthday celebrations. Our objective is to reduce isolation and promote independence, health and well-being among our participants. The Adult Services program helps maintain our participants’ well-being by providing 2 nutritious, home-cooked meals and a snack each day, along with on-site health care monitoring provided by our nursing staff. We also have full time social workers to provide case management services and transportation is available to and from the facility.

Program Criteria:

Participants must be experiencing medical conditions that would require health monitoring or daily supervision to improve their health outcome.  Referrals require a current negative Tuberculosis Test (TB) result and a completed Statement of Medical Status (SMS) by their physician.

Payment Options:

Adult Services strives to be as cost-effective as possible in delivering the highest quality of care.  Kingsley House works closely with participants, caregivers and their families to determine all available payment options.  The program accepts State of Louisiana Medicaid Health Care, Community Choices Waiver (CCW) and Veterans Administration.  Adult Services is open to all qualifying seniors and medically fragile adults in the community with monthly and daily pay options available.

Our Impact

Through these efforts, seniors and disabled adults maintain and even improve mental and physical health, while caregivers work or attend to housing, insurance, and other important resettlement matters.

  • 100% of participants live with families in safe,  healthy and supportive environments.
  • 84% of participants’  health improved, was maintained at appropriate level or overall health deterioration was delayed.



Contact Info

Jessica Boykin D’Ooge Program Director 504-523-6221 ext. 131

The Community and Supportive Services Program (CSSP) offers comprehensive community-based services that repair the social fabric of the community and invest in family capital; connecting individuals and families to community network supports that support personal growth, enhance knowledge, increase awareness, promote self-sufficiency and supports the overall well-being of the individual, families and ultimately the community. CSSP offers a holistic approach to assist individuals and families of the newly developed Columbia Parc at the Bayou District and Heritage Senior Residences (formerly the St. Bernard Public Housing Development) to maintain self-sufficiency. In addition, our commitment to community building has grown beyond serving residential communities. Kingsley House also partners with the City of New Orleans to manage Harmony House, a Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program for families experiencing domestic violence.

Services Available at Columbia Parc

  • Employment Assistance
  • Household Management
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Life Skills Seminars
  • GED Preparation
  • Public Support and Housing Assistance
  • Referral Services


  • Assist residents with maintaining self-sufficiency
  • Successful reintegration into the community
  • Provide support to ensure that residents engage in necessary resources


  • 208 participants were connected to needed community resources, including: workforce development training, financial literacy, first-time homebuyer preparation, customer service training, computer skills, rental and utility assistance, parent support groups, hurricane preparedness, tutoring, academic support and enrichment activities for youth, resources for senior citizens and various family support services.
  • Community building activities provided throughout the year included: family movie nights in the Columbia Parc theater, resident bingo, and special events. Youth development focused activities included baton twirling classes, storytelling, school backpacks/school supply giveaway and a college tour to the Naval Academy STEM program.
  • 39 indigent women and their families facing houses and utility crises received emergency financial assistance through the CSSP Emergency Homeless Prevention Fund.  All of these households were provided with financial management and resource building training to prevent recurrence of similar problems in the future.

Harmony House Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center Closing Effective October 15th

Our Harmony House Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange program will be discontinued.  Our last day of services is Sunday October 15th.  The federal funding for the program has been denied. Kingsley House may explore other options to reinstate a supervised visitation program in the future, but at this time cannot continue these services without dedicated funding. Please feel free to contact Karen Chustz at 504-523-6221, ext. 125 if you have any questions.



Contact Info

Terrell Haynes Program Director 504-282-2025

Early childhood education is a critical component in preparing youth to succeed at all levels of school. Studies show that children who enroll in a formal education program before entering kindergarten are more likely to graduate from high school. For over 100 years, Kingsley House has been at the forefront of early education and quality child care in Louisiana. In fact, Kingsley House launched the very first kindergarten and summer school programs in the state. Our nationally accredited, historic Preschool and Early Head Start programs currently provide a dynamic, comprehensive array of academic and social enrichment activities, along with essential health and supportive services for 216 children and their families. With a wait list that ranges between 200 to 300 children, we continue our diligent efforts to add more early education space to our existing facilities, as well as the potential for new classroom construction to accommodate the needs of these children and their families.

Head Start

The Kingsley House Head Start program prepares preschool children for successful academic careers by using innovative methods to make learning how to read and write a fun activity. Our curriculum-based instruction is centered on facilitating an age-appropriate environment that allows children to learn through hands-on exploration and interaction.The program also encourages parents to participate in building strong academic foundations for their children. We also help build the capacity of parents and encourage them to participate in building strong academic foundations for their children through regular meetings, ongoing communication, and advocacy activities. In addition, the Head Start program supports families by serving as a safe and stimulating full day child care for working parents.

Early Head Start

Like Head Start, Early Head Start shares the approach of developing solid learning skills at a young age. These cognitive and behavioral skills play a vital role as young children begin to grow up. With our youngest participants only six weeks old, we are dedicated to extending the Kingsley House brand of quality educational childcare to infants and toddlers. The Early Head Start program provides quality child care, educational and recreational services to infants and toddlers between the ages of 6 weeks to 2 years. Our Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care includes dramatic play, music, books, puzzles and art. These activities help promote interest among parents in the activities planned for their children. 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 at Kingsley House transition to our Head Start preschool.

Our Impact

  • 94% of of infants met their developmental milestones in the areas of: gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, self-help, social and emotional skills.
  • 90% of preschoolers (3-5 years old) met their developmental milestones in the areas of cognitive, communication, personal, social and motor skills.
  • 96% of Early Head Start parents and 77% of Head Start parents worked full-time outside of the home or were enrolled in school.
  • Each year, Kingsley House provides more than 442,681  hours of safe and stimulating full-day child development services.

Head Start Policy Council

The Policy Council (PC) provides a formal means for parents to be involved in the Head Start program planning and decision making process.  It is designed for parent engagement and involvement in the program. The PC is very similar to Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) that you will find as an integral part of the governance structure at any school.  PC membership consists of parent representatives that are elected by parents from their respective centers at the beginning of the program year, and representatives from community agencies.  However, 51% of the PC must be parents of enrolled children. PC members represent their program service area and receive information, training and reports which they take back to share with other parents at the monthly center meetings. The PC representatives serve as the voice for their respective centers and enrolled families.  However, the PC as a whole makes decisions that impact all the program options of the Grantee which is Kingsley House, Inc. Kingsley House, Inc. currently has a 20 member council of which 16 are active members and 4 are alternates.  Click Here for Head Start Policy Council Directory


Families Interested in enrolling their children, ages (Infant – 4 years old) in our Early Headstart and Headstart Program, Can apply at (Click on Early Childhood Education)

The OneApp application process for 2017-2018 School Year opens in November 2016

If you’re interested in enrollment for the current 2016-2017 school year; please visit a Family Resource Center 1-877-343-4773 |To check availability, No appointment necessary for FRC’s or Eligibility Centers

Application Timeline:

  • 1st Week of November 2016 –  OneApp Main Round enrollment opens for the 2017-2018 school year
  • February 24, 2017 –  OneApp Main Round Application Deadline
  • April 2017 – Families notified of their school assignment for the 2017-2018 school year.

If any further information is needed, please contact the Headstart Center office at (504) 523-6221 ext. 179


Contact Info

Yolanda T. Motley Program Officer for Early Learning Services ymotley@kingsleyhouse.org504-523-6221 ext. 135

Kingsley House is home to the Magic Johnson Foundation Community Empowerment Center, the only one of its kind in Louisiana. The center provides the use of 24 computers, free of charge, for individuals and groups in the community needing access to a computer for internet research, word processing and computer skills training. The center also features two flat screen televisions with Skype capabilities. For more information, please contact Johnathon Warren, Information Technology Manager via email or at 504-523-6221 ext. 177.



Summer Camp

Kingsley House offers its historic summer camp to more than 200 children ages 5 to 12. Our 8 week, full day camp activities include indoor and outdoor sports and recreation, drama, arts and crafts, swimming, individual and group mental health counseling, academic enrichment (with a special focus on math and reading), drug and violence prevention education, and weekly field trips to fun and exciting locations throughout the area.



Contact Info

Trinell Farria Program Coordinator 504-523-6221 ext. 187

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.



Contact Info

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