BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is ranked No.8 in the nation for creating an
integrated, efficient early care and education system to support children and families, according to a recent report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report, which includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia, highlights states’ specific approaches to
organizing and administering early childhood education programs and ranks them in terms of their relative success in consolidating program administration, establishing advisory councils, implementing quality measures and 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.”
Louisiana is lauded in the report for:
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.