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.

FY19 Impact

  • More than 1,500 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families had access to high-quality early childhood development and education, and vital supports
  • 100% of enrolled children had health insurance, and 97% of primary caregivers had medical insurance and access to care
  • Parents are actively engaged in learning activities with their children at home and in the classroom
  • Infants achieved essential developmental milestones in gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, self-help, and social and emotional skills
  • Preschoolers achieved core cognitive, communication, personal, social, and motor skills that are key components for school readiness
  • Educare New Orleans was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • All families were enrolled in the Whole Family Approach providing parents with career advancement and asset building strategies, while simultaneously preparing their children for success in school

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 www.EnrollNOLA.org (Click on Early Childhood Education)

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

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.org – (504) 523-6221 ext. 135