Issues

1. Approved Improvements to Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

2. New Accountability System Approved for Early Childhood Programs

3. Coordinated Enrollment System Approved for Early Childhood Programs

4. Increased Funding for Early Education - READY LOUISIANA 

 

 

1. Approved Improvements to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

 

On July 22nd, the Department of Education introduced to the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council proposed improvements to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and release proposed Bulletin 139

 

On Agust 11th, BESE approved the proposed policy for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Read the press release here. 

  • Approved Bulletin 139

 

2. New Accountability System Approved for Early Childhood Programs

 

On June 16th, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved Bulletin 140, which defines both: 

  • The Early Childhood Care and Education Accountability System, and

  • The Early Childhood Care and Education Coordinated Enrollment System

 

View the approved Bulletin here. The Bulletin passed with 5 amendments, which you can view here.

 

May 27th the Early Care and Education Advisory Council met for 9 hours and considered over 30 recommendations made by stakeholders, for the proposed Bulletin 140. The final draft includes some of these recommendations, but does not contain many others.

  • Click here to view the unoffical minutes

  • How does this affect your center? Click Here

  • Concerns & Recommendations by the Policy Institute for changes to Bulletin 140

  • Click here to view the Policy Institute's brief on Local Governance Structures for Early Care and Education Systems

 

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all publicly-funded programs will participate in a learning year with the revised report cards.  

 

  • The Program Report Card will be used to grade each individual early childhood program at the site level. 

 

  • The Community Network Report Card will include data from all of the participating programs in a community and will be used to grade the community supports and enrollment for early childhood programs.

 

The Policy Institute and Education’s Next Horizon has released a Report with Recommendations for the Report Cards that includes the following: 

  • Background information

  • 6 Fundamental Concerns with Proposed Report Card

  • 6 Recommendations for Improvement

 

Starting July 1, Lead Agencies will be responsible for ensuring all publicly-funded early childhood programs are included in the CLASS observation and improvement system and that all families may participate in a school or program choice enrollment process. 

  • Lead Agencies will be eligible for nearly $5 million in funding to conduct classroom observations, train and support teachers, and coordinate enrollment

  • Lead Agencies will play only a coordinating role and are not responsible for licensing, grading or making funding decisions for early childhood programs or centers, all of which remain state-led functions.

 

View the presentation from the Department of Education's Roundtables on the Early Childhood Letter Grades and Enrollment   

  • Click here and here to review roundtable power point presentation and frequently answered questions

  • Suggested Questions for the Report Cards

  • To share your feedback to the Department on the letter grade profiles, please complete a brief online survey here

 

The Department of Education has released the timeline for the transition from Quality Start to the Report Cards.  Click here and here to read more.

 

For the Executive Summary of the Report, click here. 

 

 

3. Coordinated Enrollment System Approved for Early Childhood Programs

 

Starting July 1, Lead Agencies are responsible for ensuring all publicly-funded early childhood programs are included in the CLASS observation and improvement system and that all families may participate in a school or program choice enrollment process. 

  • The Department released the application for local agencies to serve as "Lead Agencies," view it here 

  • Lead Agencies will be eligible for nearly $5 million in funding to conduct classroom observations, train and support teachers, and coordinate enrollment

  • Lead Agencies will play only a coordinating role and are not responsible for licensing, grading or making funding decisions for early childhood programs or centers, all of which remain state-led functions.

 

View the presentation from the Department of Education's Roundtables on the Early Childhood Letter Grades and Enrollment   

  • Click here and here to review roundtable power point presentation and frequently answered questions

  • Click here for Suggested Questions on Coordinated Enrollment

 

For further background information on Coordinated Enrollment, click here.

 

If you or your organization would like to Take Action on this issue, click here.