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LA releases first official early childhood ratings; see local results

November 13, 2017
Amanda McElfresh
Daily Advertiser

Along with school performance scores, the Louisiana Department of Education also released the first official ratings for early childhood programs this week.

The ratings apply to publicly funded programs, including preschools, daycare centers and Head Start centers.

Each center’s overall performance rating is based on observations and includes factors such as instruction, the use of curriculum and teacher-child interactions. Centers are ranked into one of four categories — excellent, proficient, approaching proficient and unsatisfactory.

According to the state education department, many early childhood centers have seen improvement since more stringent evaluation criteria were implemented last year.

“Louisiana early childhood sites saw improvements across the board, from classroom climate to organization to instruction, at both the prekindergarten and toddler levels,” the department said in a statement. “The increase can be attributed, in part, to better aligned resources and strong professional development.”