.- Catholic schools in New Orleans are trying to attract families, displaced by Hurricane Katrina back to the area by offering a tuition-free pre-kindergarten program, reported UPI.
The program uses state money to pay tuition for 4-year-olds whose parents meet certain income requirements. There are 1,500 slots at 11 Catholic schools.
To be eligible, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 30 and have received all age-appropriate immunizations. Parents may register at the school they want their child to attend but must eventually live in the same parish as the program their child attends.
Registration has already begun and will continue until all of the slots are filled.