The Lafayette Early Childhood Network has been awarded a $100,000 grant to establish a new state program focusing on increased access to childhood education.
The grant, awarded by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be used over the next two years to pilot new strategies for increased access and improved quality of publicly funded early childhood care and education in Louisiana.
The Lafayette Network is one of seven “Ready Start Community Network” communities across the state that were selected to receive the grant.
The Lafayette Early Childhood Network has outlined work that will be done with the help of the grant.
- Expand the Network Leadership Team to include community stakeholders to support the awareness and importance of Early Care and Education
- Assess the demand for affordable access to quality care and education in the parish
- Improve quality through increased leadership professional development opportunities
According to LPSS Early Childhood Director Christine Duay, the grant will provide opportunities to advance instructional leadership in the classroom.