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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps low-income families to pay for child care while working or attending school or training. Monthly payments are based on the number of hours the parents work or attend school or training, as well as the amount charged by the child care provider, family size, and household income. Parents may apply for CCAP sites within the Jefferson Early Childhood Collaborative but parents MUST complete eligibility through the Louisiana Department of Education website to finalize enrollment.

For more information on CCAP, please go to: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/early-childhood/child-care-assistance-program

Program Partners:

1st Academy Learning Center

4 Kids Learning Center Inc.

A Child's World Learning Center

A Chosen Generation Day Care

Academy 1 Preschool

Academy A-Ward Daycare and Learning Center

Advanced Tot Academy

Agape Angels Academy Child Development Center

Alphabet Pre School I

Alphabet Pre-School II

Apple Tree Academy

Baby's Playhouse LLC

Beary Cherry Tree

Big Bird Academy

Bright Beginnings Child Development Center

Candyland Kinder Kollege

Carlie Care Kids, Inc.

Children's Carousel Learning and Daycare Center

Children's World Learning Center

Creative Kidz

Creative Kidz II

Delaware Academy and Preschool

Future Generations

Goldilocks Child Care Center

Haynes and Gale II Child Care

Humming Bird Child Development

Jones Kingdom Kids Daycare Learning Center

Kennedy's Childcare Academy

Kid's University

Kids Corner Preschool and Kindergarten Center

Kids House of Learning

Lapalco Learning Center

Lil Toddler Academy Inc.

Little Beautiful Minds

Little Saints University

Marrero Day Care Center

Mary's Child Care

Metairie Daycare and Learning Center

Metairie Kids World Inc.

Nettles Academy

Parkview Baptist ELC

Precious Little Lambs

Prime Step Daycare and Learning Center

Rezzies Child Care

River Ridge Learning Center

Shelia's Kiddie Cottage

Small World Christian Academy

Soaring Angels  

Spring Ridge Academy

Stellar Academy

Terry Parkway Learning Center

The Learning Castle Inc.

Tic Tot Nursery School

Tiny Tots Academy

Toddler College Daycare & Pre-School

Weatherford Academy Early Learning Center

West Metairie Kids World

Westwego Angels  

Woodmere Learning Center



Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and their families, and pregnant women and their families. The goals of Early Head Start are:

  • To provide safe and developmentally enriching caregiving that promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development;
  • To support parents, both mothers and fathers, in their role as primary caregivers and teachers of their children, and families in meeting personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains;
  • To mobilize communities to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for families;
  • To ensure the provision of high-quality responsive services to family through the development of trained and caring staff.

The principles of Early Head Start are designed to nurture healthy attachments between parent and child (and child and caregiver), emphasize a strengths-based, relationship-centered approach to services, and encompass the full range of a family's needs from pregnancy through a child's third birthday.

To learn more about the benefits of Early Head Start, go to: eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/about-ehs#benefits

Program Partners:

Alphabet Preschool I  

Alphabet Preschool II  

Candyland Kinder Kollege

Carlie Care Kids

Creative Kidz  

Kennedy's Child Care

Kids House of Learning  

Spring Ridge Academy

Weatherford Academy

Woodmere Learning Center

 

EarlySteps

EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months of age who have developmental delays or a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay.

The Southeastern Louisiana AHEC is the System Point of Entry (SPOE) for the EarlySteps program in Jefferson Parish. EarlySteps is Louisiana's Early Intervention System under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Anyone can refer a child to the System Point of Entry if they are concerned about the child's development. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the family for the assessment or for families with Medicaid. If early intervention supports are needed, there may be co-pay for families without Medicaid who earn greater than 300% of the poverty level. The co-pay amount varies with income. The family never has to drive to a distant office. Services are provided in the child's home or natural environment and are very family-focused.

The System Point of Entry works with the family to evaluate the child and develop services designed to improve the family's ability to guide and enhance their child's development based on the families concerns, priorities, and resources. The Intake Coordinators provide families with information so that they make decisions based on the full knowledge of choices or options available to them, and fully understand their rights, opportunities and responsibilities under federal and state laws. A written plan is developed to link the family to early intervention services (such as special instruction or speech, occupational, and physical therapy) and other needed resources.

For additional information, contact Brian Jakes at 1-866-296-0718 or 504-496-0165 or email: brian.jakes2@selahec.org

Also go to: www.earlysteps.dhh.louisiana.gov


Jefferson Community Action Programs (Jeff CAP) Head Start

Our Mission Statement
Helping People. Changing Lives. Building Communities.

The Jeff CAP Head Start mission is accomplished by involving families in the total operation and administration of the program and supporting the growth of children, families and staff through encouragement, nurturing, education, and empowerment.

Jeff CAP Head Start is a federally funded early childhood care and education program that promotes and teaches school readiness to children age three to five from low income families, and at no cost to our families. Jeff CAP Head Start is widely recognized for its comprehensive approach to preparing children to be ready to enter kindergarten. We work with families to ensure children have the skills to smoothly transition to kindergarten. We provide high quality comprehensive child development services that are family focused including education, health, nutrition, and mental health.

Contact Us
Jefferson Community Action Programs (Jeff CAP) Head Start
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd. Suite 402
Jefferson, LA 70123
504-736-6850
Web address: http://www.jeffparish.net/index.aspx?page=415

Head Start Centers:

Beechgrove Head Start Birth to Five 

Causeway Head Start

Clay Street Head Start (Washington Elementary School)

Jutland Head Start

Kenner Head Start

Lapalco Head Start Birth to Five

Terrytown-Gretna Head Start Birth to Five


Pre-K 4/LA 4 Programs

Program Highlights

  • Child-centered
  • Quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Full-day attendance
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Supports and services for children with identified disabilities
  • Transition meetings to kindergarten

Programs Defined

LA 4 Program Funding:  As Louisiana's chief preschool program, the Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program provides economically disadvantaged children with early childhood education during a six-hour-a-day program and before- and after-school enrichment if funding is available. Priority is given to students from economically disadvantaged families.

 Title 1 Program Funding:  Title I is a federal grant awarded to the school district based on the number of economically disadvantaged students. JPPSS dedicates funding for  early childhood classes to students identified as eligible because they are at risk of failing to meet the State's academic achievement standards when they reach school age. 

For more information on Pre-K 4 programs, go to: http://jpschools.org/department/pre-kindergarten/

Program Partners: 

A.C. Alexander Elementary School

Agape Angels Academy Child Development Center

Alice Birney Elementary School

Allen Ellender School

Beary Cherry Tree

Bissonet Plaza Elementary School

Bridgedale Elementary School

Carlie Care Kids, Inc.

Catherine Strehle Elementary School

Congetta Trippe Janet Elementary School  

Creative Kidz

Ella C. Pittman Elementary School

Ella Dolhonde Elementary School

Estelle Elementary School

Frederick Douglass Elementary School

G.T. Woods Elementary School

George Cox Elementary School

Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary School

Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School

Green Park Elementary School

Harahan Elementary School 

Harold Keller Elementary School

Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff School  

Jefferson Elementary School

J.J. Audubon Elementary School

John Clancy/Joseph Maggiore Elementary School

Joshua Butler Elementary School

Judge Lionel R. Collins Elementary School

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

Kid's University

Leo E. Kerner Jr. Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts

Live Oak Manor Elementary School

Lucille Cherbonnier/Norbert Rillieux Elementary School

Marie B. Riviere Elementary School  

McDonogh 26/Homedale Elementary School

Metairie Park Country Day School

Mildred S. Harris Elementary School

Miller Wall Elementary School

Myrtle C. Thibodeaux Elementary School

Paul J. Solis Elementary School

Phoebe Hearst School

Prime Step Daycare and Learning Center

Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School

Rudolph Matas School

Shirley Johnson/Gretna Park Elementary School

Spring Ridge Academy

St. Ville Bonella Elementary School

Terrytown Elementary School

The Learning Castle Inc.

Vic A. Pitre Elementary School

Walter Schneckenburger Elementary School  

Washington Montessori

William Hart Elementary School

Woodland West Elementary School


Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program (NSECD)

The Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program (NSECD) provides low-income families the opportunity to send their children to state-approved private preschools and child care centers. The program provides six hours of daily instruction and up to four hours of before- and after-school care. To qualify, families must meet the income requirement, which is 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

For more information, go to: www.louisianabelieves.com/early-childhood/early-childhood-programs

Program Partners:

Beary Cherry Tree

Candyland Kinder Kollege

Carlie Care Kids

Kennedy's Child Care

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Prompt Succor School

Saint Anthony School

Spring Ridge Academy

Weatherford Academy Early Learning Center

Woodmere Learning Center


Special Education Programs

Eligibility

The JPPSS Early Childhood Special Programs serve 3-5 year olds who meet the eligibility requirements that are identified through an evaluation conducted or reviewed by Child Search, a multi-disciplinary evaluation team. A child is eligible if his/her disability meets criteria for an exceptionality specified in the Louisiana Department of Education Pupil Appraisal Handbook.

Program Options

It is the policy of Jefferson Parish Public School System, JPPSS, to serve students' needs in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) as expected by best practices and mandated by federal law. Four year old special education students may be enrolled in Pre-K 4 in one of two types of classes: 1) Pre-K 4 special education categorical setting or 2) Pre-K 4 general education setting with an overlay of special education services delivered within this setting. Placement in either setting is an IEP team decision. Even if you receive notice that your child may attend a specific school or is placed through the lottery at a specific school, placement could change dependent upon the IEP team decision.

Preschool Early Intervention Program

In the Preschool Early Intervention (P.E.I.) Program for three year olds with special needs, students will be instructed and supported in their natural setting (home, Head Start, private childcare, etc.) and/or in a developmentally appropriate preschool early intervention group at an assigned district school. Services in the early intervention groups will be provided through an integrated multidisciplinary team approach. Students will participate in multisensory activities to build communication and functioning in areas of daily living such as participating in music and movement, guided play, art activities, development of math and literacy readiness skills, and understanding basic concepts.

An early intervention teacher will work with students at private settings chosen by the parents that are located within Jefferson Parish. Students in these settings are voluntarily enrolled by their parents and all expenses are incurred by the parents. The early intervention teacher works directly with students in their home or preschool setting and provides modeling for caregivers. The teacher also collaborates and consults with the care-givers and/or staff in the preschool and/or home settings in making adaptations, designing learning strategies, and making modifications to the learning environment to address the special needs of a student.

Parents will be offered opportunities for parent participation throughout the year. We encourage parents to take advantage of home/school/community connections.

Classroom Placement
(4 and 5 year old students)
The Jefferson Parish Public School System provides classroom placement and services to identified pre-kindergarten/kindergarten students with a variety of exceptionalities ranging from mild to severe. Students with special needs are assigned to preschool/kindergarten classes or early childhood special education classes which provide lower pupil/teacher ratios and specially designed instruction to meet individual student needs.

Parents of 4 and 5 year old students may also choose to participate in the Preschool Early Intervention Program that is provided for 3 year olds as an option for services.

For more information, go to: www.jpschools.org/department/pre-kindergarten

Program Partners:

Catherine Strehle Elementary School

Chateau Estates Elementary School

Estelle Elementary School

George Cox Elementary School

Green Park Elementary School

Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School

Harahan Elementary School

Harold Keller Elementary School

Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff School

J.C. Ellis Elementary School

J.J. Audubon Elementary School

Joshua Butler Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts

Marie B. Riviere Elementary School

McDonogh 26/Homedale Elementary School

Miller Wall Elementary School

Myrtle C. Thibodeaux Elementary School

Paul J. Solis Elementary School

Phoebe Hearst School

Rudolph Matas School

Terrytown Elementary School

Vic A. Pitre Elementary School

Walter Schneckenburger Elementary School

William Hart Elementary School

Woodland West Elementary School


Title 1 Funding for Pre-K 4 Programs

Program Highlights

  • Child-centered
  • Quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Full-day attendance
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Supports and services for children with identified disabilities
  • Transition meetings to Kindergarten

Program Defined

Title I is a federal grant awarded to the school district based on the number of economically disadvantaged students. JPPSS dedicates funding for Early Childhood classes to students identified as eligible because they are at risk of failing to meet the State's academic achievement standards when they reach school age.

For more information, go to: http://jpschools.org/department/pre-kindergarten/