Educare New Orleans, the 19th school opened in the Educare Learning Network and first in the Gulf South, 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.
Educare New Orleans is the first step in the foundation’s “cradle to college” education resources in the neighborhood, and the school building is a combination of new construction and the renovation of former public housing buildings. Operated and managed by Kingsley House, a leader in early childhood education serving more than 200 children and their families in New Orleans, Educare New Orleans provides a memorable place of early learning for our children.
Private and public funding help to create an effective, sustainable early education program for children and families who need it most.
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.
- 7:30 am – 8:30 am (Before Care Hours)
- 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm (After Care Hours)
Small class sizes for individual attention
- Infant toddler rooms: 3 teachers : 8 children
- Preschool 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 on going 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: 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.
- Families learn how to support their children’s education and development.
- The community is offered educational opportunities and school events throughout the year.
- 2-Gen Model/Support of families.
- Healthy Beginnings Program
In class best practices and supports
- 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.
- Master Teachers that provide support and assist the classroom teachers with planning and implementing individualized learning and best practices.
- Social-Emotional and educational skills are taught so that children can enter elementary school on the same level as children from higher income families.
- Staff Brazelton Touchpoints trained.
- Social Emotional Program (Conscious Discipline)
Gulf Coast Teacher Training Academy
Gulf Coast Teacher Training Academy (GCTTA), a training and professional resource program offered by Educare New Orleans shares best practices and knowledge ranging from curriculum to certification for current and those entering the early childhood development profession. GCTTA’s primary goal is to increase the quality of area early childhood educators through ongoing professional development and support.