The New World of Early Learning in Louisiana

 

Child Care Regulations

Child care regulations set the floor for basic health and safety for children in care. The standards that states set for licensing child care centers and family child care homes vary greatly. The rules on who must obtain a license, what training teachers and directors need to have, how many children they can care for, and what kind of environment they must provide differ greatly state by state.  

Louisiana’s current low ranking for its regulation of child care centers results from such policies as: [1]

 

  • Insufficient training and education for teachers.  In Louisiana, a child care teacher need not have even a high school degree to be a teacher in a Louisiana child care center.

  • Insufficient required hours of annual training for child care teachers.  (Recommended amount:  24 or more hours, Louisiana’s requirement: 12 hours)

  • No maximum group sizes for classrooms in child care centers (that is, no maximum number of children in a room, as long as the required number of adults are present).

  • Not meeting the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Staff: Child ratios for any age group:

 

Click here to view the Institute's policy brief on the staff to child ratios.

 

New Definition of Licenses Established and New Child Care Regulations Issued

  • As part of the Act 3 implementation there is a redefinition of licensure of child care centers in Louisiana from two classes (Class A and Class B) to three types (Type I, II and III), providing a new level for all licensed programs receiving either Head Start/Early Head Start or Child Care Assistance funding and requiring these programs to participate in the new rating system.  In addition,the licensure function moved from the Department of Children and Family Services to the Department of Education, effective October 1, 2014. See Act 868 of the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session. 

 

  • Louisiana’s Child Care Licensing Regulations have now been rewritten, passed the state board of education and are working their way through the regulatory process.  Now called Bulletin 137, they are expected to be final and effective by Summer 2015. Click here for the new Child Care Licensing Regulations as they passed the state board. See the current Class "A" Regulations and Class "B" Regulations.  

 

  • Click here to view the transition from Class A & B to Type I, II, and III

 

  • Click here to view the Recommendations from the Early Care and Education Advisory Council on the original draft of the regulations and the LDOE Response.

 

  • Click here to view the Policy Institute’s comparison of National Standards, the current Regulations, and the original draft of the regulations.

 

  • Track Bulletin 137 as it goes through the rulemaking process, click here

 

[1] Child Care Aware. 2013 We Can Do Better Report (Child Care Centers). Appendix B. Retrieved August 25, 2014