Early Childhood Enrollment & Events

Early Childhood 

Over 100 free Early Childhood programs participate in OneApp. Please note that there are several income requirements to receive FREE Early Childhood seats. See income guidelines for Infant – 4 year olds here. Review this page for more information about enrolling in Early Childhood programs and verifying your eligibility.

Open Enrollment (2019-2020)

Manage your 2019-2020 waitlists

Check your eligibility for participating programs

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Early Childhood Open Enrollment

Early Childhood families (6 weeks – 4 years old) who still need a school for the 2019-2020 school year can participate in Open Enrollment. After you have completed your eligibility check at OneApp.force.com, you must complete verification at a Head Start Center or a Family Resource Center.

Which Early Childhood applicants should participate in Open Enrollment?
  • Families with children who need seats at an Early Childhood program before August 2020
  • Eligible families new to New Orleans

Families who submitted an application and verified their eligibility during the Main Round in 2019 DO NOT need to participate in Open Enrollment. Your child either has a placement, or has been added to up to three waitlist(s) of programs listed on your Main Round application.

To see your placement or which waitlists you are on visit your OneApp Parent Portal account at oneapp.force.com. Detailed instructions and current waitlist status will be available on your Parent Portal account. Families can also change waitlist choices in the parent portal.

Please note:

  • If you are satisfied with your waitlists choices, you should not participate in Open Enrollment. You will be contacted via phone and email should a seat become available for your child at your waitlisted program(s).
  • If you would like to change your waitlisted program(s), you may do so from your Parent Portal account. If you choose to change your waitlists, you will be added to the back of the waitlist for non Head Start programs. Please consider carefully before changing your waitlisted programs.
  • Log into your Parent Portal account at oneapp.force.com for information on your child’s waitlisted program(s).
How to participate in Open Enrollment?

Families who submitted an application and verified their eligibility during the Main Round of 2019 DO NOT need to participate in Open Enrollment.

  • Step 1: Check eligibility online
    • Log-in to oneapp.force.com, click and complete the “Pre-K and Head Start Eligibility Check.”
  • Step 2: Verify by submitting your documents
  • Step 3: Add waitlist choices or Pick a program with open seats:
    • If you are eligible, and after you have verified, you can be added to waitlists or enroll in a program with open seats*.
      • For Head Start, Early Head Start and NOEEN programs, you will add waitlist choices through the parent portal and will be contacted if a seat is available and your child is next
      • For PK 3 and PK 4 Non-Head Start programs you can take an open seat or get added to waitlists.

*PK3 & PK4 non-Head Start seats are first-come, first-served. Some programs and grades will not have open seats. Check Seat Availability to review options and grades with remaining open seats. 

How do I add waitlist choices? Early Childhood families can manage their child’s waitlisted programs through the OneApp Parent Portal (oneapp.force.com). Log into your account to add, remove, or change your child’s waitlisted programs.

  • Log into your Parent Portal account, click on the Pre-K tab, and scroll to your Family Profile. If your child is verified for Early Childhood programs, a button called “Manage Waitlist” will appear next to your child’s name.
  • Click on “Manage Waitlist” and follow the instructions to add, remove, or change your child’s waitlisted programs.
  • If your child is actively enrolled in a participating Early Childhood program for the 2019-2020 school year, you may add them to 1 waitlist.
  • If your child is not yet enrolled in a participating Early Childhood program for the 2019-2020 school year, you may add them to up to 3 waitlists.
  • Programs with open seats are not available as waitlist options. Schools with open seats will not display in the Parent Portal. Verified families can take open seats in PK 3 and PK 4 non Head Start programs by visiting a family resource center.
  • If you choose to change your waitlists, you will be added to the back of the waitlist for PK 3 and PK 4 non Head Start programs. Please consider carefully before changing your waitlisted programs.
  • See the Early Childhood Seat Availability Report to see which schools have available seats and how long waitlists are. The Early Childhood Seat Availability report will be updated bi-weekly.

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