The Ultimate Guide to Child Care, Preschool, and MDOs in New Orleans

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Editor’s Note :: all New Orleans families should thoroughly investigate the available daycare, preschool and child care options in your area. In our New Orleans mom’s guide to daycare, we provide advice and guidance in selecting a daycare. In addition, a list of state licensed child care facilities is available on the Louisiana Department of Education-Louisiana Believes website.

You asked; we answered. We have compiled a listing of New Orleans Metro area daycares, preschools, and Mother’s Day Out (MDO) programs as recommended by you, New Orleans moms! Don’t see your favorite New Orleans daycare on this list? Let us know and we’ll add them. Keep in mind that many preschool programs in New Orleans fill up fast and often have waiting lists.

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Lakeview | Mid-City | Gentilly & NO East | Metairie & Kenner | Old Jefferson, Harahan & River Ridge | Uptown | Downtown | Bywater & 9th Ward | Westbank | Chalmette | Northshore | River Parishes

Lakeview 

Cub Corner at Mt. Carmel: Infants- Age 3

Children’s Place: 6 weeks- Age 4

Carriage House (under 12 months only)

Lakeview Presbyterian Week Day School: 14 months- 5 years

St. Paul’s Episcopal: Pre-K 2, 3 & 4

First Baptist ELC: 6 weeks- 4 years

Grace Lutheran: 6 weeks- 4 years

St. Dominic: Full day 3 & 4-year-old programs

St. Pius X: Full day 3 & 4-year-old programs

St. Luke’s Methodist: 2, 3 & 4-year olds

Crescent City Montessori: Ages 3-6

Holy Cross: Pre-K4

Mid-City

Krescent City Kids: 6 weeks-5 years

Kiddee Korner: Infants- Pre-K4

Abeona House: 6 weeks-5 years

Joey Georgusis Center for Children at Delgado:6 weeks-4 years

Crescent Cradle at Cabrini: 6 weeks-3 years

Mid-City Early Learning Center: 6 weeks-3 years

Wilcox Academy: 2 months-10 years

Christian Brothers (Canal St. Campus): Pre-K4

St. Anthony of Padua Preschool: Full-day Montessori program for ages 2 and 3

Nurture Nursery: Ages 6 months to 4 years

NOLA Nature School: Pre-K

St. Luke’s Methodist: 2, 3 & 4-year olds

Gentilly and New Orleans East

Resurrection of Our Lord: Pre-K programs for 3 & 4-year-olds

St. Mary’s Academy: Full day programs for ages 3 & 4

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Preschool: Ages 1-4

Cathedral Montessori: Primary program: Ages 3-6

Winn’s Discovery Center: 6 weeks to 5 years

Metairie and Kenner

St. Matthew’s Early Learning Center: 6 weeks-4 years

Celebration Christian Daycare and Learning Center: Infants-3 years

Little Red Schoolhouse: 6 weeks- Prek-4

Kehoe-France: 8 weeks- Pre-K 4

Early Childhood Center at Country Day: 6 weeks- 4 years

George Cottage at St. Martin’s Episcopal: 8 weeks-4 years

Alpha Montessori: 12 months-Pre-K4

St. Philip Neri: Ages 6 weeks and up

St. Christopher: 6 weeks & up

Athania Parkway Early Childhood Center: 6 weeks-2years

Beary Cherry Tree: Infants-Pre-K4

Crescent City Christian: Infants-4 years

Metairie Ridge Presbyterian: 6 weeks-2 years  

St. Ann: 2, 3, and 4-year-old programs

John Calvin: Ages 1- TK (Transitional Kindergarten)

Carousel Preschool: 6 weeks-Pre-K4

Munholland: Mother’s Day Out: Babies-Age 4

Parkway Preschool: 18 months- Kindergarten

Memorial Baptist: 6 weeks- Pre-K 4

Our Lady of Divine Providence: 6 weeks- Pre-K4

Seven Oaks: 12 months-4 years

Christ the King Lutheran: 18 months-4 years

The Little School: Ages 2-5

Kinder Haus: Ages 1-6

Parkview Baptist Preschool: 6 weeks- Pre-K4

Metairie Daycare and Learning Center: 6 weeks-4 years

Atonement Lutheran: Pre-K 3 & 4

St. Augustine: Ages 2-5

St. Benilde Loreto Center: 6 weeks & up

St. Catherine of Siena: Pre-K 3 & 4

St. Clement of Rome: Pre-K 2, 3 & 4

St. Edward the Confessor: Ages 1 & up

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Ages 1 & up

St. Francis Xavier: Pre-K 2, 3 & 4

St. Louis King of France: Ages 6 weeks & up

St. Mary Magdalen: Pre-K 2, 3 & 4

LaPetite Nursery: 6 weeks-4 years

Mount Olive Lutheran: Ages 3 & 4

Gates of Prayer Nursery School: 15 months-Pre-K

Jewish Preschool of the Arts at Torah Academy: Infants-Pre-K

New Horizon Learning Academy: Infants-Pre-K

Green Preschool at JCDS/Jewish Community Day School: Infants-Age 2/Pre-K

The Learning Castle: Infants-Pre-K4

Old Jefferson, Harahan, and River Ridge

St. Matthew the Apostle: Ages 1 & up

John Curtis Christian: 15 months and up

St. Rita Harahan: 2, 3, & 4-year-old programs

Jefferson Presbyterian: 20 months-Pre-K4

Uptown

Ecole Bilingue: 18 months-Pre-K4

Les Enfants at Trinity Episcopal: Independent walkers-Pre-K4

All Nations Fellowship: Ages 1-4

Waldorf Early Childhood Program: 2.5 years-Kindergarten

Ursuline Academy: Ages 1 & up

Newcomb Children’s Center at Tulane: Ages 12 months- 5 years

JCC: 13 months- 5 years

McGehee Little Gate: Ages 1-3

Sacred Heart Little Hearts: Ages 1- Pre-K4

Castle Kids Child Development Center: Infants-Age 4 (preference given to military and federal employees)

Whelan at Loyola: Ages 4 months-5 years

Child Development Program: Ages 6 weeks- Pre-K4

Audubon Primary Academy & Audubon Primary Preschool: Infants-5 years

Stuart Hall School For Boys: Pre-K 3 & 4

Holy Name of Jesus: Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 

Rayne Early Childhood Program: 6 weeks- Pre-K4

St. Andrew’s Episcopal: 12 months- Pre-K

St. George’s Episcopal Early Childhood Program: Ages 1-4

Isidore Newman Green Trees: Ages 6 weeks- 4 years

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church Nursery School: Ages 2-4

Nurture Nannies: All ages

Benjamin Thomas Academy: Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

St. Stephen: 2, 3, and 4-year-old programs

The Bright School:Infants-Pre-K

Photo courtesy of Ursuline Academy
Photo courtesy of Ursuline Academy

Downtown

Kidopolis: 6 weeks- Pre-K

LSUHSC Early Learning Center: Infants & Toddlers

Bywater/9th Ward

Kids of Excellence: 6 weeks-5 years

Giggles at Jackson Barracks: Infants-Pre-K4

Westbank

Woodland Presbyterian – Algiers: Age 1- Kindergarten

Aurora Methodist – Algiers: Pre-K1-Pre-K4

St. Joseph’s – Gretna: Mother’s Day Out for 1 & 2-year-olds

Amigo Ames Preschool – Marrero: Pre-K3 7 Pre-K4

GUMP at Gretna United Methodist Church: Infants-Age 4

St. Andrew the Apostle-Algiers: 8 weeks & up

Christ the King-Gretna: Ages 1 & up

Guardian Angels Early Learning Center at Immaculate Conception School-Marrero: 6weeks & up

Hawk’s Haven at St. Rosalie-Harvey: Ages 6 weeks & up

Visitation of Our Lady-Marrero: Pre-K 2, 3 & 4

St. Cletus-Gretna: Pre-K 3 & 4

Our Lady of Prompt Succor-Westwego: Pre-K 3 & 4

Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Belle Chasse: Ages 1 & up

Westbank Cathedral Preschool Marrero: Ages 2-4

Peas in a Pod, Marrero: 6 Weeks-Pre-K 4

Belle Chasse UMC: MDO: Ages 2-4

Belle Chasse Baptist: Pre-K2- Pre-K4

Algiers UMC: MDO: 8 months-5 years

Algiers Point Montessori: 6 weeks-3 years

Clara’s Little Lambs: 6 weeks & up

Terry Parkway & Lapalco Learning Centers: Infants-Pre-K

Chalmette

Gethsemane Lutheran: Ages 2-4

Heart of Learning Child Development: Infants-Pre-K

Our Lady of Prompt Succor: Pre-K 3 & 4

Photo courtesy of Krescent City Kids
Photo courtesy of Krescent City Kids

Northshore

Slidell

First United Methodist: 3 & 4-year-olds

First Baptist Child Development Center: 2-year-olds-Kindergarten

Apple Tree Preschool and Little Lambs MDO: MDO-18 months-2 years, Preschool 3 & 4-year-olds

Grace Memorial Baptist MDO & Preschool: 12 months-4 years

Primary Colors: 6 weeks- 4 years

Little Camelia Schoolhouse

Our Lady of Lourdes: Ages 6 weeks and up

St. Margaret Mary: 2-year-old MDO, Pre-K 3 & 4

Helping Hands at Cross Gates: MDO 2-5 years

Kindercare Learning Center: Infants-Pre-K

Covington/Mandeville/Madisonville

St. Timothy: Ages 1-5

North Cross MDO: Walkers- Pre-K

St. Michael’s: 18 months-Pre-K4

My Little Sprout: Infants-Pre-K

Planet Kids: 12 months-Pre-K

Kidz Karousel: 6 weeks-Pre-K

Bambi’s Kids Academy: Infants-Pre-K

Primary Colors Early Childhood Learning Center: 6 weeks-4 years

Kinder Haus: Ages 1-6

Hosanna Christian Preschool: 18 months-4 years

Cedarwood School: Ages 2-5

Mary, Queen of Peace: Pre-K 3 & 4

Our Lady of the Lake: 2-year-old MDO, Pre-K 3 & 4

St. Peter Covington: Pre-K 3 & 4

Church of the King Mandeville: MDO: 6 weeks- 5years

First Baptist Covington: MDO: 6 months-4 years

Children’s Chalet: 6 weeks- 8 years

Noah’s Arc: 6 weeks- 5 years

Hammond

First United Methodist Preschool: MDO: 6 months-2 years, Preschool: Ages 3 & 4

River Parishes

St. Charles United Methodist Church-Ormond: MDO

Angels Among Us Childcare and Learning Center: Daycare & Pre-K

Boutte Christian Academy: Ages 1-3

Holy Family Parish: Half day programs for ages 2-4

St. Charles Borromeo: Pre-K 3 & 4

If you know of a daycare, MDO, or Pre-K program that we should add, please submit it by leaving a comment OR emailing lindsay {at} neworleansmom {dot} com.

Lindsay
Lindsay is a native New Orleanian, displaced only by her years at Mississippi State, where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in English. She came home shortly after Katrina, to work as a zookeeper and be a part of the rebuilding of her beloved city. She dragged her husband Drake, a Tennessee native, along with her. Their son Bennett joined the family in 2010, and in 2014 they welcomed identical twin girls, Genevieve and Kellen Clair. She now works full time as an Environmental Scientist and part-time as NOM’s resident Jill of All Trades. Powered by espresso, cake, and craft beer, her happy place is on a beach or in the woods. Need to identify a plant, tree, or animal? Lindsay’s a wealth of random knowledge. She loves to cook and sprinkle a little glitter on everything.

61 COMMENTS

  1. We love our MDO and it’s not on the list. It’s Hosanna Christian Preschool and it’s in Mandeville. Thank you!

  2. I have used Grace Lutheran for 3 years now and love it, just an fyi- it is in Lakeview, not Mid City! I don’t want them to get overlooked. Thanks!

  3. First United Methodist Preschool in Hammond, La. We take babies 6 months to ages 4 year old pre K! Have a low child/teacher ratio and wonderful Christian learning environment!

    • Hi! We haven’t received any recommendations from moms who have their kids in daycares in that area. We want to add some-please let us know if you or people you know have some in that area you’re proud to send your kids to. The goal of this list is to be a mama-approved, boots-on-the-ground reference, rather than just a list like someone can find in the phone book.

  4. I have one that was not on the list. I recently visited Kidz Karousel in Mandeville; awesome school with great curriculum and teachers that have been there for a long time.

  5. Has anyone used St. Georges Episcopal for the early childhood program? Do you know if the wait-list is long or if it is hard to get in?

    • We have our daughter at St. George’s and love it! We applied the spring before we had our daughter that November. She started at eleven months and has been happy as a lark. The methods they use to educate children are amazing. They have parenting conference several times a semester where I have learned so much including tips to challenge a one/two year old, raising a compassionate and confident child, and developing early literacy skills.

    • Hi, im currently in contact with them for the fall for my 2 year old and they told me they have a bunch of applicants already for then but do not know at this time if he’d make the wait list.

    • Im in the process of setting up tours with St. martin on Metairie Rd, Kinder Haus and Metairie Ridge. Any feedback on those?

      • I have my little one at Metairie Ridge and we have been really happy. The teachers are really kind and loving. It has been the PERFECT introduction to “school.” The day is just long enough that I can accomplish a lot of things but not too long for him. It is also a very inexpensive program (in my opinion) which was a plus for us.

  6. Atonement Lutheran School in Metairie is where my children have gone since 3 year old preschool. We love everything about this awesome school!
    Alcs.org
    The Open House is January 28th.

  7. Can you add Atonement Lutheran Preschool to the list? It’s in the Metairie/Kenner area.

    Here is the website: http://www.alcs.org/preschool-general-information.html

    My daughter loved it and was very prepared for Kindergarten. My son is in PreK4 and has the best teacher! She is constantly changing the classroom and activities to match what the kids are learning. I’m very impressed and my son is happy!

  8. Hello, I’m wondering if anyone knows of any French immersion daycares, either in home or institutional, or even any French caretakers at the recommended daycares on this list? The only one I know of in the area that takes kids younger than 3 is Ecole Bilingue, but I was wondering if there’s anything else. Thanks!!

  9. How can I get Cedarwood School on the Northshore list for Preschools? We are a Preschool-7th grade school. We are nationally accredited by SACS and NAEYC.

    Kindest Regards,

    Kim Ellism M ED
    Preschool Director

  10. Anyone have any recommendations on a nanny available for an in home position in lakeview? Looking for someone with a lot of spirit and patience to care for our 2 month old in our home.

    Thanks!

  11. An updated list would be great. Quite a few of the links no longer work. I have a 2 year old with Down syndrome. He will be 3 in Dec. Looking for a place to start in Jan….I would be okay with either a 2 year old or 3 year old program. Any suggestions?

  12. I would also love an updated list on this. Baby is due in March and trying to figure out daycare options is difficult! Thanks for all the info already provided!

  13. Does anyone know of a nanny sharing program in the Metairie area? I don’t even know if this exists but I’m looking for infant care in May and hiring a full-time nanny is a bit out of reach but sharing with another family would make this a more affordable option.

    Or, how do I find a list of in-home or “family care” services where someone has a few babies in their own home?

  14. Please add St. Augustine Episcopal school in Metairie. 2yo-4yo programs. Very reasonably priced and great preschool environment!! Full and half day programs available staugustinesdayschool.weebly.com

  15. Hi! correction for St andrew’s episcopal uptown: they now start at 12 mo!
    Also another option for downtown: LSU has a daycare.

  16. Audubon Primary Preschool. My 3 year old just started. It’s down the street from us on Earhart and I believe is 6wks to 4-5yrs

  17. Missing from your list is Green Preschool @ JCDS, the new preschool at the Jewish Community Day School in Metairie. It has infants through children who turn two this school year, and it will add an age cohort each year until students move up. Students who turn four by the start of the school year are eligible for Prekindergarten at JCDS.

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