Applications are now available for families who want to enroll their children in Total Community Action’s Head Start program in Orleans Parish. Click Here for additional information.

Total Community Action, Inc.’s (TCA) Office for Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) is responsible for agency programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, and individuals. Programs administered by OCYF are designed to:
  • Promote the development of infants and toddlers and to enable their parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency,
  • Promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional function, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning,
  • Assist individuals, families, and parents in developing, implementing, and evaluating a path out of poverty – moving toward self-sufficiency.
  • Help children to develop into healthy adults
OCYF has operational, administrative and programmatic oversight of all programs, services, and activities that directly impact children ages 0-11, their families, and individuals and families involved in the process of moving toward self-sufficiency. OCYF programs are designed to achieve the following outcomes
  • Individuals and families empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity;
  • Strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;
  • Partnerships with institutions, organizations, individuals, and agencies that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;
  • Services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access;
  • Young children “ready” for school upon transition from Head Start; and
  • Strong, community-based support systems for children as they transition from childhood into their pre-teen years.
Programs and Initiatives:
  • Head Start
  • Total Family
  • Fatherhood/Male Involvement


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