Early Childhood Programs

Louisiana has multiple publicly-funded early childhood programs.

Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program

The Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program is the primary preschool program in the state, serving more than 16,000 children. It provides six hours of early childhood education daily to four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.  Students typically enter the LA 4 program with  language and math skills below the 10th percentile, and upon completion of the program, their skills jump to the 50th percentile.

8(g) Student Enhancement Block Grant Program

Each year, the 8(g) Student Enhancement Block Grant Program prepares roughly 3,000 at-risk preschool students for kindergarten.  As part of the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund administered by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the 8(g) grant program has allocated more than $160 million to preschool programs statewide.

Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program

The Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program provides low-income families the opportunity to  attend state-approved private preschools and child care centers. The program serves more than 1,300 preschool children annually, providing six hours of daily instruction and up to four hours of before- and after-school care.

Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training. Currently, the program is administered by the Department of Children and Family Services, but will be administered by the Department of Education beginning in July 2015. Child Care Assistance provides opportunities for care to more than 16,000 children under age five. For more information, please click here.