The Early Childhood Community Network has slots available for preschool children that are not determined by income eligibility. All income levels are welcome.
Children eligible for these programs must be 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 30.
In addition to classes at East St. John Elementary, West St. John Elementary, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary and the St. John Child Development Center, the Community Network also has classes available at Children of God Daycare, Garden of Eden Christian Academy, Kids of Distinction Learning Academy, Little Leaders Learning Academy, Terence Day Care and Well’s Wallace Learning Academy. These high-quality programs have spots available ranging from infant through 4 years old. Financial assistance is available for eligible families through the Louisiana Department of Education Child Care Assistance Program.
Preschool applicants can download and fill out the application below. Applications are also available at East St. John Elementary, West St. John Elementary, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary and the St. John Child Development Center.
Parents should indicate their program choice on the application. Applications can be dropped off at the St. John Child Development Center at 117 Stebbins St. in Garyville, the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board Office at 118 W. 10th St. in Reserve or West St. John Elementary School at 2555 River Road in Edgard.
Staff members are available to assist with applications at the St. John Child Development Center.
Families who meet the federal income guidelines, or special needs or disabilities requirements, issued by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families may qualify for the Head Start Program.
If you are applying for Head Start, current family income information, along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record and proof of residency must accompany the application.
Other items needed, if applicable, are proof of income, Social Security benefits award letter or check, U.S. entry papers, food stamp print out sheet, documentation of a disability and child’s health insurance/Medicaid/LaChip card. If a parent is in school, verification from the school he or she is attending is required.
For more information, call the St. John Child Development Center at 985-535-3917.