Teacher working with preschoolers at Head Start program in New Orleans

Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

For over 40 years, Catholic Charities has been providing New Orleans area children and their families with a “Head Start” in life.

Download the FY 2017 Head Start Annual Report | View the Head Start Policy Council

What is Head Start?

Head Start is a child and family development program for families with children from birth to 3 years (Early Head Start) and preschoolers 3 to 5 years of age (Head Start), including children with disabilities. These programs promote the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of each child.

Head Start and Early Head Start serve low-income families that fall at or below the federal poverty level. These programs are free for qualifying children and families.

Services include:

Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.
– Robert. L. Ehrlich

Why is Head Start important?

Your child’s first years are critical for learning and future development. Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide the educational, nutritional and emotional foundation for a healthy child.

Does your family qualify for Head Start?

Sr. Marjorie Hebert with some of our New Orleans area Head Start students

Enroll Your Child Now!

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is excited to announce the new OneApp enrollment system for Early Childhood Programs. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin in December 2016.

Click here to start the OneApp Enrollment Process now!

Paper applications will no longer be accepted. Parents who do not have internet access or need help filling out the online application can visit any of our Head Start sites listed below to get assistance from our Family Resource Workers. Additionally, EnrollNOLA provides four convenient Family Resource Centers to provide assistance with the OneApp process.

Additional Online Resources:


New Orleans Head Start Locations:

St. John the Baptist Head Start
(Ages 3 years – 5 years)
1920 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 529-2557
Tonya Credit, Director 

Incarnate Word Head Start and Early Head Start
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
8326 Apricot Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-6342
Gaynell Anderson, Director
St. Mary of the Angels Head Start and Early Head Start
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
2225 Congress Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 227-3470
Michelle Hubbard, Director mhubbard@ccano.org 
Covenant House Early Head Start
(Ages 6 weeks – 3 years)
611 N Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-6176
Anitra Morris, Family Advocate/ Center Director
St. Paul the Apostle Head Start and Early Head Start 
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
6828 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 503-1234
Pamela Randall, Center Director


Head Start Developmental Services Include:

Early Childhood Education
Teachers facilitate individualized learning experiences to promote children’s readiness for school and beyond. Through planned and spontaneous instruction, relationships with adults, and play; children grow in language and literacy, early math and science concepts, and social and emotional development. Learn more about the benefits of early childhood education.

Medical, Dental and Mental Health Services
Children receive health and developmental screenings, nutritious meals, oral health and mental health support. Programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services, and ensure that children are receiving the services that they need. Learn more about the health benefits of Head Start.

Social Services
Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals; such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Family well-being programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development. Learn more about how Head Start benefits parents and families.

Head Start Success Stories

Head Start and Early Head Start programs really work! Read a few success stories from New Orleans area families who have benefited from this program:

Head Start Creates Homeowners

Shnika Raymond, mom of Brooklynn, received information and guidance in managing her finances. From the assistance and help she received at Head Start, she was able to purchase her first home in December 2013.

Head Start Offers a Path to Citizenship

While her son Melvin received care, nutrition and education at Head Start, mom Donnalee Clarence was assisted with obtaining housing and employment after living in a homeless shelter for several months. Ms. Clarence is working on getting her citizenship in the United States and learning English as a second language.

Head Start Helps Children with Learning Disabilities

Ms. Lakeisha Brown’s goal was to transition her daughters G’La and Gia from Head Start to Kindergarten. G’La has Autism and Gia was diagnosed with educational delay. Head Start staff helped guide Ms. Brown through the process of finding the right place for her children while also preparing her daughters with the knowledge and skills they would need for kindergarten. The girls are now registered and accepted at a school close to their home.

Head Start Helps Parents Achieve Educational Goals

Tanique Boatman, mom of Anthony, is able to focus on furthering her education too. Thanks to the help of Head Start, she has been able to attend classes to get her GED. Soon she will start taking college courses through an online program.

Paulette Vallery’s goal was to get back on track with earning her degree while also providing quality care for her child while she worked toward this goal. St. Mary of the Angels Head Start social workers first assisted Ms. Vallery in career guidance and applications for technical school. She is currently enrolled in the program and is still managing to be a great support system for her child and St. Mary of the Angels Head Start.

Head Start parent Charity Clark wanted to obtain her GED. We were able to assist her by providing child care services to allow her to have the time to enroll and attend GED courses. Ms. Clark applied and was accepted to Delgado’s GED Program. She has been diligently attending class and is continuing to strive to complete the program.

Enroll Your Child Today!

Click here to start the OneApp Enrollment Process now!

A few of our New Orleans area Head Start graduates

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