Early Childhood Care and Education Network

Louisiana is developing a unified Early Childhood System of Local Networks, which was directed by Act 3 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session. When fully implemented in 2015-2016, the networks will expand access to high quality, publicly-funded early childhood programs to families across Louisiana to ensure more children enter school kindergarten ready.

In 2012, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the initial framework to implement the Early Childhood System of Local Networks, which was developed in collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Health and Hospitals, BrightStart Early Childhood Advisory Council, Nonpublic School Commission and the Child Care Association of Louisiana.

In July 2013, the Department launched 13 Pilot Networks to test the framework in practice. Results of the Pilots will be used to fine-tune the use of child and program assessments with the new Birth to Five Standards, coordinate funding at the local level, evaluate the use of new licensing standards, and engage families. 

With implementation underway, the four strategies from the 2012 framework have been refined to show the State and Local Networks partnering to:

  • Unify expectations
  • Support teachers and providers
  • Measure and recognize progress
  • Fund high quality providers
  • Provide clear information and high quality choices