For 125 years, Kingsley House has improved the lives of families in southeast Louisiana. While the needs of the community have changed, Kingsley has remained true to its mission – educate children, strengthen families, and build community.
Kingsley has always taken an innovative approach to developing pathways to prosperity. Today, the organization works with the Whole Family, providing adults with career advancement and asset building strategies, while simultaneously preparing their children for success in school. We also deliver high-quality services to medically-fragile adults, seniors and veterans, while working closely with their caregivers to address the challenges faced as they care for their loved ones while maintaining employment. This approach centers on the idea that the delivery of programs, services, and resources to simultaneously support children, parents and other family members helps to achieve family economic security.
Kingsley House provides nationally-accredited and state-certified programs to more than 8,000 infants, children, parents, seniors, veterans and medically-fragile adults.
Kingsley House operates one of the largest and most diverse Early Head Start and Head Start Programs in the state. This high-quality early education and development program provides a dynamic, comprehensive array of year-round, full day academic and social enrichment activities, along with essential health and supportive services. The program annually prepares 1,500 under-resourced infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families for success in school and life. Kingsley House addresses the intersection of childhood poverty and preschool education through a two-generation or Whole Family approach, by providing high-quality early childhood education, and educational and asset building support for parents.
Kingsley's workforce development program assists individuals in preparing for careers in today’s top industries. Our team utilizes an individualized approach to assist adults in navigating career pathways and overcoming barriers to employment in jobs paying more than $11 an hour, with clear pathways for advancement. Working collaboratively with local employers and educational institutions, Kingsley Connections staff assists participants in obtaining the prerequisites to be successful in future careers by improving soft skills, as well as obtaining high school equivalency diploma, industry-based training and certifications, and college credit.
This direct support program offers a variety of comprehensive services that strengthen families and build community. Our holistic approach strives to improve the quality of life of individuals, with an emphasis on the 2,800 residents of the mixed-income residential communities of Columbia Parc at the Bayou District and Heritage Senior Residences, Faubourg Lafitte and Sacred Heart at St. Bernard. Staff provide residents with programming including workforce development support, emergency rental assistance to prevent homelessness, nutrition assistance, mobile vaccine drives, and free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance saving tax filers an average of $273 in fees allowing families to use these dollars to purchase groceries, pay bills, and build emergency savings.
Kingsley House provides effective care management of at-risk seniors, veterans and medically-fragile adults. As one of the state’s largest licensed adult day cares, the program provides year-round compassionate and holistic care for nearly 100 seniors and adults. The program accommodates individuals from a range of activity and health levels, including: independent seniors, at-risk seniors, veterans and medically-fragile adults, and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our holistic approach allows for individuals to remain in their homes and engaged in the community. While at the center, participants are engaged in fun and stimulating activities daily, receive nursing services, case management, and personalized nutritious meals and snacks.
Kingsley House was home to the first structured recreation activities and summer camp in Louisiana for children in the early 1900’s. Today, our full-day summer camp for 200+ children and youth, includes academic enrichment focusing on grade-level instruction in English/Language Arts, Math, and Science; personal development activities that focus on character development and foster personal growth; instruction via guest lecturers and hands-on activities in the arts, computer literacy, financial literacy, and leadership development; STEM career exploration to build interest in innovation; and indoor and outdoor recreation and weekly field trips.