Feb 6, 2013 3:02 PM by Blair Blanchard
The Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with the Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Health and Hospitals released a request to participate in a pilot program supporting the Early Childhood Care and Education Network. The Community Network Pilot Program strives to provide children with equal and quality childhood services. The program is open to school districts, child care providers, Head Start programs and other stakeholders within thecommunity.
Acording to State Superintendent, John White, "Currently, only half of Louisiana's children enter kindergarten ready to learn; this reality is unacceptable and must be addressed. This pilot program is an important first step towards setting high standards for our youngest learners and ensuring that all of Louisiana's students have a solid educational foundation by empowering and supporting those closest to them, educators and parents. State policymakers made a vital commitment to the success of our children, and this pilot builds on the collaboration of communities across the state to make their commitment a reality."
The pilot program will identify children, infant to age five, who are in need of publicly-funded education services, develop plans to serve all eligible four year olds, implement Louisiana's new Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards, particiapte in child assessments, and more. As a result, more children will be able to be served in high-quality settings.