Waiting List

The Whelan Children’s Center will be hosting its annual Open House on Tuesday, May 1st from 5:45-6:30. Our center address is 2020 Calhoun Street, Mercy Hall 101, on Loyola’s campus. We hope to see you there!

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There are five class categories on the waiting list:
Red Class-ages 4-8 months, Orange Class-ages 9-15 months, Yellow Class-ages 16-23 months, Green Class-ages 2-3 years, and Blue Class-ages 3-5 years.

Children's names are listed according to the following affiliation:

  • 1st: Students, Faculty & Staff, and Sibling
    • A direct dependent of students, faculty, and staff is placed on the list on the date the parent/guardian applied. If the parent/guardian declines the position when an opening occurs, but wants to remain on the waiting list, the child's name is then placed at the end of the student, faculty, staff, and sibling section of the waiting list according to their refusal date.
    • Once a student becomes an alumnus, their child's name is placed in the alumni section of the waiting list by the day they applied.
    • If an alumnus' or community member's child is enrolled at the Center, then their sibling is placed after the direct dependents of student, faculty, and staff.
  • 2nd: Alumni
    The child's name is placed on the list on the date the parent applied.
  • 3rd: Community
    The child's name is placed on the list on the date the parent applied.

Children on the waiting list are eligible based on their age to move from one class waiting list to another (i.e., a child who appears on the red class waiting list who turns 9 months will then be moved to the next class listed according to the date the parent applied). The Center updates the list monthly.

The parents of the children on the waiting list are called every six months to verify their desire to remain active on the list and to update any information that is needed (i.e., affiliation, phone numbers, etc.). If a message is left on a phone recorder and there is no response, the Center calls a second time and gives the parent one week to respond. The child's name is then removed from the list if there is no response.

Once a spot becomes available, the family will be notified using all contact information listed on the application. If the family fails to respond within 72 hours the name will be removed from the wait list and a new application must be received as well as the $25 wait list application fee if the family wishes to be placed back on the wait list.

If a family is offered a spot and declines current enrollment, the child will be removed from the wait list and a new application must be received as well as the $25 wait list application fee if the family wishes to be placed back on the wait list.

It is the family’s responsibility to notify the Center of any contact changes (phone numbers, e-mail, etc.) or changes in Loyola University New Orleans affiliation.

The Center does not award special privileges to anyone. Each person on the waiting list is given equal weight and treatment in the admission of their child to the Center based on their affiliation. The Center does not discriminate on the admission of children on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, handicapping conditions, or ancestry. The Center does not admit any child whose needs it cannot fully meet or whose behavior would endanger other children.

If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please download, fill out and mail in our waiting list application and the $25 non-refundable waiting list application fee. Applications may also be submitted to our office personnel at the Center at 2020 Calhoun St., Mercy Hall room 101, on Loyola's campus. Once your application and fee are received, you will receive a notice of receipt via e-mail.