Main Round match results will be available by April 30, 2024.

Birth - 4 Years Early Learning & Child Care

Download the Easy-to-Use
Early Learning Application Guide

Welcome to NOLA-PS Early Learning & Child Care. Enrolling is easy, and applications are open year-round.

Download this free guide and follow the step-by-step instructions before applying for a FREE Early Learning & Child Care seat.

NOLA-PS Early Learning & Child Care: Enrolling Bright Beginnings

Early Learning enrollment at NOLA-PS represents the district's commitment to expanding access to early childhood education, recognizing its role in shaping children's academic and personal development. The process is designed to be as equitable and straightforward as possible, simplifying what can traditionally be a complex application system. Free seats are offered to eligible families. Tuition may be charged for any child who does not meet eligibility requirements. Whether it is a free seat or a tuition seat, no one is guaranteed a seat.



Explore the NOLA-PS Centers and decide which ones you'd like your child to attend.
  • Open the NOLA-PS Explore Tool
  • Make a list of the top eight centers you're interested in
  • Rank the choices based on your family's needs


To qualify for a free early childhood seat, families must:
  • Provide the needed documents through the online application portal at 
  • or deliver documents to a Family Resource Center operated by NOLA Public Schools.
  • Rank the choices based on your family's needs

You must verify your eligibility to receive a placement.


​Once you’ve chosen your top early learning program options and prepared your documents, it’s time to apply!
  • Create an online account here
  • Fill in the required information
  • Add your Early Learning Program choices
  • Upload the required documents
  • Answer the remaining application questions


Accept a Seat & Manage Choices
During Main Round Enrollment, all applicants will receive notification of placement results.
If your contact information changes between now and when results become available, contact a Family Resource Center.
NOLA-PS is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 School Year

Documents Required to Verify Eligibility for Early Childhood

NOLA Public Schools facilitates enrollment in free, publicly funded early childhood programs. Eligibility for these programs are based on factors such as the child's age, household income, and residency. While some families will be eligible for free programs, others may only be eligible for tuition programs. To confirm eligibility, all required documents must be submitted to be verified.  Students will not be able to receive a school placement and enroll until verification is complete. 

Families only applying to tuition-based programs do not need to verify income. Moreover, families currently experiencing temporary housing situations due to financial difficulties or loss of housing (homeless), as well as children under foster care, automatically qualify for these programs. These families will receive direct communication from NOLA-PS throughout the verification stage.

For assistance, please visit one of our family resource centers.

Learn more about enrolling in NOLA-PS schools

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