Louisiana ranks in the top ten for early childhood education policies

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According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, Louisiana is doing very well when it comes to organizing and administering early care and education in the state.

The Bipartisan Policy Center said, “Louisiana is ranked No.8 in the nation for creating an integrated, efficient early care and education system to support children and families.”

These findings were found in a recent report put together by the center and the report looks at how each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia facilitate early childhood education programs.

The Bipartisan Policy Center ranks those programs based on these criteria: 

  • Relative success in consolidating program administration
  • Establishing advisory councils
  • Implementing quality measures
  • Deploying available funds

“States generally have wide latitude in the way they choose to organize, manage, and fund [early childhood education] programs on the ground,” the report notes. “Better program integration and coordination at the state level is thus important, not only because it promotes the efficient use of public funds but also because it bears directly on families’ ability to access the resources they need.”

The Bipartisan Policy Center gave accolades to the Pelican State in the report and emphasized these accomplishments:   

  • Managing five programs serving children under one agency to improve efficiency and allow for better alignment of eligibility and monitoring requirements and quality improvement activities; and
  • Creating a quality rating and improvement system that is mandatory for all publicly funded early childhood education providers to ensure quality of care for all children.

If you are interested in viewing the full report, visit Bipartisan Policy Center.

You can also learn more about early childhood education in Louisiana by visiting Louisiana Department of Education.  

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