The New World of Early Learning in Louisiana
Community Collaborations/Mixed (Diverse) Delivery
Across the country, states are building and expanding early learning systems to make pre-k available to more children and to give parents more high quality choices in their local communities.
Referred to as “Mixed” or “Diverse Delivery,” this national best practice refers to offering public pre-k in community settings, including private for- and non-profit child care centers, and Head Start programs, as well as on public school sites.
Nationally, over 30% of all publicly funded pre-k children are in private child care settings; however, in Louisiana less than 1% of LA 4, 8g or Title I pre-k programs are offered on non-school sites. By contrast, in West Virginia, 74% of pre-k classrooms are in community-based settings including child care centers and Head Start; similarly, in New Jersey, 60% of their public pre-k program is offered in community-based settings.
A mixed/diverse delivery system has been central to building strong pre-k systems in other states. Mixed delivery systems offer the following benefits to children, families and communities:
Expand overall pre-k access
Allow parents to choose an appropriate environment for their children
Promote quality and accountability across settings
Save public funds by using existing facilities
Merge existing professional development and technical assistance resources;
Establish linkages between service providers and special education resources
Expand the program time to full-day and/or full-year to provide high quality early learning settings for young children with working parents
Avoid the serious, negative financial impact on child care of centers of losing 4 year olds, which threatens the availability and quality of early care and education for children birth through age 3
The current rapid growth in state pre-k makes such partnerships valuable and cost-efficient for all partners. Working together to develop a seamless system of coordinated programs results in success for all the programs with significant benefits for parents and their young children.
Louisiana Department of Education: Diverse Delivery in Louisiana
Pre-K is path to success: New model could reduce the costs of early education, but where’s the funding? Linked Here
Partnering for Preschool: A Study of Center Directors in New Jersey’s Mixed Delivery Abbott Program
Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community Based Partners Linked Here
Partners for Success: Case Studies of Collaboration Between Head Start and Pre-K Linked Here
 West Virginia Department of Education website, Office of Early Learning, An Overview of WVA Universal Pre-K at http://static.k12.wv.us/oel/docs/WV-PreK-Overview-2013-14.pdf retrieved on August 25, 2014.
 Commonwealth, Irene Sege, New Jersey pre-K holds lessons for Mass. March 21, 2013
http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/Voices/Perspective/2013/Winter/004-New-Jersey-preK-holds-lessons-for-Mass.aspx retrieved on August 25, 2014.