KIDS & FAMILIES

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Family Service of Greater New Orleansimage

Begun in 1896 as the Charity Organization Society, Family Service of Greater New Orleans offers a vast array of innovative programs to more than 17,000 families and children. more Schooling to help troubled children; Providing counseling for young mothers, those caught in a web of substance abuse, worried job seekers, former prisoners, single parents and troubled veterans; and by assisting employers in offering counseling services to their work force.Family Service of Greater New Orleans provides caring, confidential counseling for addictions, critical incident stress, child abuse, sexual abuse and anger management. less

Children’s Museum Sensory Friendly Nightsimage

The Children’s Museum offers Sensory Friendly Nights on Monday evenings (check schedule). more Sensory Friendly Family Night offers a comfortable and enjoyable LCM experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.Admission is free. less

Children’s Bureauimage

The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans promotes growth and resilience through prevention, advocacy, education and intervention in 1892. moreOur mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families in greater New Orleans through valid and proven programs that enhance and strengthen mental health and wellness. less

IDIYA Summer Campsimage

IDIYA a makerspace, workshop and design studio that provides members with the education, tools, and access to a creative community in the interest of fostering innovation in fabricators, hobbyists, artists, entrepreneurs and DIY’ers. moreIDIYA features the latest in professional grade advanced manufacturing and prototyping equipment and is home to a wide variety of machinery and tools.Our current equipment includes CNC Milling, Lathes, Drill Presses, Band Saws, hand tools, plastic and Woodworking, Electronics testing, 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, full body 3D Scanner, CNC Laser Cutters, Vinyl Cutter/Plotter, T-Shirt Screen Printing, computers, design software and more.We also provide classes and training needed to operate the equipment properly and safely.Our goal is to provide you with the equipment, education and workspace needed to help transform your idea into reality.We have four summer camps coming up that kids from ages 12-16 are able to learn, build and enjoy building on and idea from concept to completion and acquiring new skills in the process.2705 S. Broad St New Orleans, LA 70125 less

Nola.com Family Forumimage

Discuss family issues in the Greater New Orleans area.

Nola.com Family Sectionimage

Information and activities for families in the New Orleans Area

Louisiana Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Programimage

The Louisiana Department of Education offers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). moreAll participants who are recipients of FITAP, Food Stamp, FDPIR assistance units, SSI or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.Click the link for eligibility requirements or call 877-453-2721less


Schools K-12

CORE Elementimage

The Core Element is a non-profit organization bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to schools in the Greater New Orleans area. moreCore Element trains teachers and equips them with hands-on, inquiry-based kits to be used in the classroom.  Students engaged in more interactive STEM lessons learn the acts of observing, experimenting, keeping journals and taking measurements bringing together all the skills of a well-rounded student. 

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The OneApp Process for New Orleans Schoolsimage

The Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District are partnering together to provide students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that suits their interests and needs. moreThe annual New Orleans Public School Enrollment Process offers students the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application. less

New Schools For New Orleansimage

New Schools for New Orleans trains school leaders, helps get them and their schools launched and advocates for the New Orleans Charter School Movement.

Eastbank Charter School Collaborativeimage

The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.

STAIR – Start the Adventure in Readingimage

STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less

Lens Charter School Informationimage

The Lens is known for its Investigative Reporting. moreHowever they started with the Charter School Reporting Corps that keeps up with and reports on the status and news about the charter movement in New Orleans. less

Class Got Brass? A High School Brass Band Competitionimage

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is creating a contest for Louisiana high schools to win up to $10,000 in instruments for their school’s band programs.

RSD OPSB Oversight Public Commentsimage

The RSD Overight Committee is seeking public comments on the RSD continuing control over schools in the New Orleans area. morePlease note that the link to contribute is at the top of page in the center. less

Charter Schools trainingimage

Assistant Principals Fellows Program accepting applications An intensive training program which is designed to help these school leaders in public, private and parochial schools in the five-parish metropolitan area

nolaParent.comimage

nolaParent&#46com is a free online resource of information and ideas for the busy, online, multi-tasking parent within the Greater New Orleans area. moreThe website offers 24/7 online access to the most valuable information and tools that parents need on a day-to-day basis, featuring:
  • Local Resources: a business directory of local resources from schools to parks and everything in between;
  • Activities Calendar: a calendar of family and kid related events and activities;
  • Classifieds: a “craigslist” for parents that includes categories for babysitters, housekeepers, kids toys, camps, etc.;
  • Parent Forum: a place where parents can post questions and answers about life’s most challenging (and sometimes mundane) parenting issues;
  • Local Lagniappe: a place where parents can access local discounts and promotions; and
  • My nolaParent: a feature that allows registered users to personalize their nolaParent experience.
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Orleans Parish Schools Master Plan Community Meetingsimage

Community review meetings to discuss the master plan for Orleans Parish Public Schools will be held September 19-30&#46 Click the link for information on the plan and meeting dates and locations&#46

New Orleans Charter Schools Blogimage

This Nola&#46com blog features the latest news and information about New Orleans-area charter schools&#46

Orleans Parish School Facilities Master Planimage

The School Facilities Master Plan is a comprehensive plan for the Orleans Parish public schools&#46 The plan will serve as a blueprint to guide future school renovations and new construction. moreIt is a joint project of the Recovery School District (RSD) and the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB).Visit the website for more information. less

Orleans Parish Charter School Close-Upsimage

This online listings, put together by the Lens, features profiles of all New Orleans public, charter, and Recovery School District schools. moreThe information includes test scores, extracurricular activities, admission criteria, and neighborhood and school demographics to help parents choose the best schools for their children. less

New Orleans Public Schools Common Application Processimage

New Orleans public/RSD school registration deadline was March 30thmore
Most public schools in New Orleans, both traditional and charter, are banding together to offer a Common Application form and unified timeline for parent notification and student registration.Parents who are enrolling students in public school for the first time or who are looking for a different public school for their children can use the Common Application form to apply to any participating school and can also apply for multiple schools.
The applications are currently available at any participating school, the Recovery School District’s Welcome School, at 2239 Poydras St., the Orleans Parish School Board Office, 3520 General DeGaulle Drive, and online at www.rsdla.net. less

The New Orleans Parents' Guide to Public Schoolsimage

This guide is a must-have for all parents of New Orleans public school children. moreDownload the guide at Nolaparentsguide.org for information on open public schools, policies, school administration, how to register, and more.The new edition includes information about several new schools coming online for the 2009-2010 school year, a simple explanation of how to apply for and enroll in schools, updated data about schools and other exciting new features.You can also find copies at most public schools and public library branches in New Orleans.Check the site regularly for updates and other public school resources. less

Agenda For Children Child Care and Schools Referralimage

If you need help finding available child care in the New Orleans area, call Agenda For Children’s Child Care Resources Program for a free referral. moreYou can get help finding quality schools, child care centers, family child care homes, summer camps, nursery schools, and before/after school programs. Call 1-800-486-1712 or 504-586-8509 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday or e-mail: information@agendaforchildren.org. less

Registration for New Orleans Public Schoolsimage

Registration for schools in the Recovery School District began Monday, June 18, 2007. moreParents may register their children at the following locations:
  • RSD Central Office, 1641 Poland Avenue
  • Joseph S. Clark High School , 1301 N. Derbigny Street
  • Edgar P. Harney Elementary School , 2503 Willow Street
  • Murray Henderson Elementary School , 1912 L.B.Landry Avenue
Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m.on Tuesday.

The first day of school for the RSD will be Tuesday, Sept.4, 2007

RSD schools are open to students from across New Orleans, and none has admission criteria.Parents won’t have to re-register students who will be returning to their current schools, but must return a form to the school stating their intentions for their children to return.Those wishing to transfer schools must re-register.

Parents registering new RSD students should bring proof of address (such as a telephone or utility bill), their children’s Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization record, most recent report card and Individualized Education Program (IEP), if applicable.Anyone with registration questions can call the RSD registration office at (504) 872-0625. less


Childcare / Youth Activities

Young Artists, Young Aspirationsimage

YAYA’s mission is to empower creative young people to become successful adults. moreWe provide educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleans-area children and youth, fostering and supporting their individual ambitions. less

Gateway to Excellence in Math & Science Summer Campimage

SUNO will host a 2-week Math and Science Camp for students who have completed between 2nd and 6th grade. moreFrom 9:30AM until 1PM daily, kids will engage in hands-on math and science activities.Lunch and materials provided free of charge.Apply by May 22nd. less

Kids ReThink New Orleans Schoolsimage

Every summer, students get together to “rethink” an issue in New Orleans public schools.

Free Writing Workshop for Middle School Studentsimage

Middle school students are invited to take part in the free New Orleans Bread Loaf Experience (NOBLE) Writing Workshop. moreThis writing and creative arts workshop is open to students in grades 6 to 8 and will take place Monday July 27 through Friday July 31 from 9 am to 2 pm (Lunch is included).The workshop will be held at the United Teachers of New Orleans headquarters at 4718 Paris Avenue.

This intensive writing and arts workshop will help students discover how enjoyable creating arts and writing can be.Students will become more competent and confident writers and artists and will improve their public speaking skills.NOBLE will offer students the unique experience of being part of a community of writers.

NOBLE students will be selected through an application process.The application is available at www.utno.org on the Parent Resource Page.Complete and mail application to: NOBLE, c/o UTNO, 4718 Paris Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

For more information, contact Shavon Magee at 504.339.9792 or shavon_magee@nops.k12.la.us or Julie Wedding at 217.652.5813 or mswedding@hotmail.com. less

nolaParent.comimage

nolaParent&#46com is a free online resource of information and ideas for the busy, online, multi-tasking parent within the Greater New Orleans area. moreThe website offers 24/7 online access to the most valuable information and tools that parents need on a day-to-day basis, featuring:
  • Local Resources: a business directory of local resources from schools to parks and everything in between;
  • Activities Calendar: a calendar of family and kid related events and activities;
  • Classifieds: a “craigslist” for parents that includes categories for babysitters, housekeepers, kids toys, camps, etc.;
  • Parent Forum: a place where parents can post questions and answers about life’s most challenging (and sometimes mundane) parenting issues;
  • Local Lagniappe: a place where parents can access local discounts and promotions; and
  • My nolaParent: a feature that allows registered users to personalize their nolaParent experience.
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College

The ACE Program at Delgadoimage

Even without a high school diploma or GED, you can begin classes at Delgado and start earning credit towards a degree and career in one of the following divisions: Healthcare, Information Technology (IT) and Technical Pathway. moreIf you are interested in pursuing a career in any of these fields, the ACE Program might be a great way for you to start pursuing a degree.The benefits of participating in the program include the ability to enroll in college prior to finishing the GED program (an early start to your college career), and the opportunity to receive partially waived tuition and book fees for your first 12 credits in ACE. less

Xavier University of Louisianaimage

University of New Orleansimage

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicineimage

Tulane University School of Medicineimage

Tulane University Law Schoolimage

Tulane Universityimage

SUNOimage

Our Lady of Holy Cross Collegeimage

LSU Health Sciences Centerimage

Loyola Universityimage

Dillard Universityimage

Delgado Community Collegeimage

ITT Technical Insituteimage

ITT Technical Institute offers career-focused degree programs

United Way IDA Program: Matching Savings Account for a Home or Vehicle Purchase, Business Assistance, Education Assistanceimage

IDAs (Individual Development Accounts) are savings accounts that give low income individuals and families the opportunity save and build assets. moreQualified individuals who open an IDA will receive matching funds towards a specified goal.Contact United Way for info.
  • Savings Goal: Purchasing a home or vehicle or opening a childcare center.
  • Match: $4 for every dollar saved, up to $2000 for a home or childcare center (up to $8000 match), up to $1000 for a vehicle (up to $4000 match).
  • Eligibility: You must be employed, earn below 200% of the poverty line, and not own more than $10,000 in assets not including one primary home and one vehicle.
  • Other Requirements: Applicants are required to take 12 hours of financial education and training.
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Jefferson Dollars for Scholarsimage

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars helps provide educational opportunities for Jefferson Parish Public School students through scholarships and academic support. moreFind out more about college scholarships, academic enrichment scholarships, and ACT prep programs by calling (504) 831-1565  less


Summer Camps

STEM Summer Camp at SUNO

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will host three weeks CAM Summer Camp for local high school students (entering 10 through 12 for this Fall, 2016). moreThe Camp is intended to increase interest in STEM by exposing the students to different scientific topics.This camp is funded by the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.CAM Summer Camp will run from Tuesday, July 4 — Friday, July 22, 2016 on SUNO’s campus from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm daily.Students will be engaged in ACT Prep, 3D Printer, and Science activities.There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm and lunch will be provided free of charge.Students will be paid $200.00 upon completing the CAM SUMMER CAMP.Students and their parents will need to sign a contract form on the first day of CAM SUMMER CAMP.Deadline for CAM Summer Camp application is Friday, June 17, 2016.Please either fax your application with transcript to (504) 284-5475 or email at hkim@suno.edu (or rbelmasrour@suno.edu) no later than Friday, June 17, 2016. less

SUNO Electronics Summer Camp

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and the Research on the Science and Engineering of Signatures (ROSES) Summer Camp is hosting a 1 week electronics camp for high school students who want to learn and build fun electronics projects. moreJune 20 – 24, 9:30AM – 1:00PM.Students in 9th and 10th grades are eligible.Apply by May 23rd by emailing melaasar@suno.edu. less

SUNO Robotics Summer Camp

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and the Research on the Science and Engineering of Signatures (ROSES) are hosting a Two week Robotics and Science Summer Camp for elementary school students who want to learn and build fun Robotic projects. moreJune 6 – 17, 9:30AM – 1:00PM.Students in the 2nd – 5th grades are eligible.Apply by May 23rd by emailing melaasar@suno.edu. less

Young Artists, Young Aspirationsimage

YAYA’s mission is to empower creative young people to become successful adults. moreWe provide educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleans-area children and youth, fostering and supporting their individual ambitions. less

IDIYA Summer Campsimage

IDIYA a makerspace, workshop and design studio that provides members with the education, tools, and access to a creative community in the interest of fostering innovation in fabricators, hobbyists, artists, entrepreneurs and DIY’ers. moreIDIYA features the latest in professional grade advanced manufacturing and prototyping equipment and is home to a wide variety of machinery and tools.Our current equipment includes CNC Milling, Lathes, Drill Presses, Band Saws, hand tools, plastic and Woodworking, Electronics testing, 3D Printers, 3D Scanners, full body 3D Scanner, CNC Laser Cutters, Vinyl Cutter/Plotter, T-Shirt Screen Printing, computers, design software and more.We also provide classes and training needed to operate the equipment properly and safely.Our goal is to provide you with the equipment, education and workspace needed to help transform your idea into reality.We have four summer camps coming up that kids from ages 12-16 are able to learn, build and enjoy building on and idea from concept to completion and acquiring new skills in the process.2705 S. Broad St New Orleans, LA 70125 less

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Summer Music Programimage

June 8 – July 2,  8:30AM – 1:00PM at Gentilly Terrace Charter School. moreThis summer camp provides music instruction by certified public school teachers and professional musicians, culminating in a summer recital. less

Gateway to Excellence in Math & Science Summer Campimage

SUNO will host a 2-week Math and Science Camp for students who have completed between 2nd and 6th grade. moreFrom 9:30AM until 1PM daily, kids will engage in hands-on math and science activities.Lunch and materials provided free of charge.Apply by May 22nd. less

Garden on Maraisimage

Garden on Marais is an agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and access to nutrient-rich foods. moreWe are currently looking for volunteers to join our team of gardeners!We are also launching a 4-H club for youth ages 6-13 this summer, beginning June 6th.Those who spend time in the garden working will eat from the garden’s bounty.Contact Kayla Wilson if interested: kmiller@elanministries.org.4600 Marais St.in the Upper Ninth Ward less

STEM Summer Camp for Kidsimage

Kids will learn new skills in science, math, robotics, engineering and computer programming, as well as interacting with successful industry professionals.

Summer Youth Film and Production Campimage

2-cent entertainment and NORD are sponsoring a 7-week film and production camp for youth ages 10 to 18. moreParticipants will plan, write and film a television show and visit film and production sites.There is a one time fee of $20 for camp participation, and the camp will take place from June 8, 2009 to July 24, 2009.Registration is still open. Contact Kevin Griffin at 722-0498 or kevingriffin2c@yahoo.com less

Greater New Orleans Afterschool Partnership Summer Program Directoryimage

This directory provides a listing of programs made possible through funding by the GNOAP’s Unified Summer Grant project.

Gulfsouth Summer Youth Action Corpsimage

The Gulfsouth Summer Youth Action Corps is a service corps comprised of a national network of college students who are dedicated to rebuilding youth services and opportunities in the hurricane affected region. moreCorps members commit to a summer of service engaging, inspiring and empowering local youth. less