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School Readiness Tax Credits are a package of tax credits
that support the development of quality child care. Credits are available to parents, child care centers, child care workers, and businesses. Parents can increase the value of their existing child care tax credit by sending their child to a center that has achieved two or more stars on the state's Quality Start rating system. Find out more on the Quality Start website or email email@example.com
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. You 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Last, a program offered by the Children's Bureau, offers specialized Grief and Trauma Group and Individual Counseling to school aged children affected by trauma, loss, or disaster. Project Last has been shown to be very effective in reducing symptoms in children who are in crisis due to trauma and community violence. The program is available to Orleans and Jefferson Parish children ages infant to 17 and their families who are survivors of traumatic events, witnesses to acts of extreme violence, or victims of violence. For more information call 504-525-2366.
If your child is younger than 19 and does not have health insurance, he or she could qualify to get free healthcare benefits - medical, vision, dental - through LaCHIP (Louisiana Child Health Insurance Program).
Visit the DHH website at the link above to download an application for LaCHIP or call 1-877-2LaCHIP (1-877-252-2447) to have an application mailed to your home.
The Louisiana Department of Education offers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All 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 877-453-2721.moreless
Silence is Violence holds free music clinics for youth ages 5 to 15 who are interested in instrumental and/or vocal performance. No musical experience or prior registration necessary. Clinics are free, with dinner and instruments provided. Drop-ins welcome. The clinics are held every Tuesday evening, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Sound Café, 2700 Chartres Street in the Bywater.
Youth Run New Orleans empowers youth across Greater New Orleans for a lifetime of wellness, character, and leadership through mentored training for and completion of local running events. We use running as a medium to inspire and prepare students for success on the track, in the classroom, and in the community.moreless
Catholic Charities offers a variety of after-school and summer activities for children including After School Assembly, Head Start, and Summer Witness camp. Visit the website for more information or call Catholic Charities at (504) 523-3755.moreless
The New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) offers several programs for young people including sports, dance, GED programs, drama, and visual arts. Call the main office at 504-658-3000 or search the website with your zip code or parish find a NORD center and programs in your area. moreless
GNOYO offers orchestral music opportunities through weekly rehearsals, one-on-one instruction with professional musicians and regularly scheduled concerts throughout the community. GNOYO accepts all eligible students, regardless of financial means by providing scholarships to those in need of assistance. All musicians with at least 1 year of experience are invited to audition for one of the orchestra’s five ensembles, which accommodate various levels of playing ability.
Visit the website or contact GNOYO at 504.528.7720 or email@example.com for more information.
YOUTHanasia Foundation, Inc. is currently accepting applications for its after school program for students grades eight through 12. The program provides homework assistance and tutoring, as well as state-approved curricula designed to supplement the lessons students are learning in the classroom. The purpose of the program, which is being funded by the Louisiana Department of Education, is to prepare students for LEAP testing, as well as improve the overall LEAP scores within the state. Students participating in the after school program can also sign up for one of four programs that will allow them to express themselves creatively through song, dance, spoken word, drama and community service. Visit the website for more information and an application.
The New Orleans Kid Camera Project was created to address the psychological and emotional impacts of Hurricane Katrina on children returning home to New Orleans. Through the use of photography, creative writing and mixed media, children from flooded neighborhoods explore their environment and express themselves, their stories and feelings with their friends. moreless
The Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation promotes the Whole Child Comprehensive Health Program in 5 Central City schools and 5 Day cares. They assess all the children in the schools for vision, dental, hearing, BP, obesity and other indicators to identify children with physical, mental or social health factors that are obstacles to their learning. A professional health team then establishes a treatment plan that the school faculty and the health team monitor for completion.
Already, after 3 years, our program has assessed and provided services to over 4,000 children and have given critical help to over 150 children that has turned their school performance around, raised the schools’ LEAP scores and put them on track for a successful life. moreless