Louisiana's Early Childhood Guidebook: Preparing Children for Kindergarten: Strengthening Early Childhood Programs & Community Networks


This Guidebook, released by the Department of Educaiton, serves as a how-to guide with policies, best practices and examples of success in Louisiana to help local leaders and teachers prepare all children for kindergarten. This will help local communities to: 

  • Ensure every classroom is observed twice, reporting results to the State and sharing feedback with all publicly-funded programs so they can support teachers to improve.

  • Put procedures in place to make sure observers are well-trained and conflicts of interest are avoided.

  • Work with all publicly-funded programs to coordinate enrollment for children under age 5 through a unified application process for families.

  • Apply for new funding sources such as the Preschool Development Grant which will provide approximately $10 million to serve more at-risk children in the 2016-2017 year.


Free Online Training Opportunities:

Louisiana's Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards and Family Child Care and In-Home Child Care Provider Orientation


The Louisiana's Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards and the Family Child Care and In-Home Child Care Provider Orientation free online courses are now available for child care and home-based providers. These courses were developed by the Department and Louisiana's Resource and Referral Agencies.


Child Care and Development Block Grant Federal Law Reauthorization 


School Readiness Tax Credits

Extra Credit: How Louisiana is Improving Child Care


Child Care in America: 2014 State Fact Sheets Link to PDF


Developmental Milestones (CDC)

An inventory of the social, emotional, communication, cognitive and physical things most children can do by a certain age (from 2 months through five years) provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Link Here

Early Care and Education Compensation and Policy Options for Louisiana (2013) Link to PDF


Early Childhood Risk and Reach in Louisiana Link to PDF


Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans (Issued 2013) Link to PDF


Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2013 Link to PDF


2014 Kids Count Data Book

Statistics and data on the educational, social, emotional, and physical condition of children in the United States. Link Here


Louisiana Department of Education-Early Childhood Link Here


Louisiana Department of Education Early Childhood Library Link Here

Louisiana Early Childhood System Integration Budget For FY 2014-2015 as Appropriated. Link Here


 Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2014 Report by Child Care Aware  Link Here


Trump's Child Care Proposals Analyzed by the National Women's Law Center Link Here

Research Studies

Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects Study: Fifth Grade Follow-Up (2013) Link to PDF 


Abecedarian Project

A randomized control trial to test the impact of high-quality early education on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This study began in 1972 in North Carolina and subsequent longitudinal evaluations showed positive impacts on participants in a variety of measures into adulthood. Link Here


Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State Level Prevalence

The Adverse Childhood Experience Study findings suggest that certain experiences during childhood are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.

Link to PDF


The Benefits and Costs of Head Start (2007) Link to PDF


The Case for Investing in Disadvantaged Children (Heckman) (2008) Link to PDF


Chicago Child-Parent Center

This randomized control study, conducted in Chicago public schools beginning in 1986, demonstrates that young children who received high-quality early education do better in school academically, are less likely to drop out of high school, be arrested, repeat grades, or be placed in special education services. The study also found that society saves more than $7 for every $1 invested in preschool. Link here 


Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation: Building an Effective, Accountable System in Program for Children Birth through Age 8

Link to PDF


Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Study (2010) Link to PDF


LA 4 Longitudinal Study-Eighth Grade Outcomes for LA 4 Cohort 1 Students

First-Time Kindergartners in 2010-11: First Findings From the Kindergarten Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study follows a nationally representative sample of students from their kindergarten year to the spring of 2016 to measure the effects of early childhood interventions. Link to PDF


Highscope Perry Preschool Project Link to PDF


This randomized control trial, which began in 1962 in Ypsilanti, Michigan demonstrated the long term positive effects of high-quality preschool.  

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Impact Findings from the Head Start CARES Demonstration: National Evaluation of Three Approaches to Improving Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Competence (July 2014)

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Long-term Effects of Prenatal and Infancy Nurse Home Visitation on the Life Course of Youths19-Year Follow-up of a Randomized Trial (2010) Link here


Longer-Term Effects of Head Start (2000)

Link to PDF


Economic Policy Institute Report: High quality child care is out of reach for working families


This report covers child care costs compared to EPI's basic family budgets; affording child care on minimum wage; child care costs compared to college tuition; and assessest he overall affordability of child care.


Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children (2003)

This study examines language development in young children and the effects of home experiences on children’s development, showing that vocabulary growth is influenced by how much children are talked to by parents, which is correlated with socio-economic status. Link to PDF


The Rate of Return to the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program Link to PDF


School Meal Programs: Implications of Adjusting Income Eligibility Thresholds and Reimbursement Rates by Geographic Differences (2014) Link to PDF


Skill Formation and the Economics of Investing in Disadvantaged

Children (2006) Link to PDF


Taking Stock: Assessing and Improving Early Childhood Learning and Program Quality Link to PDF





Alliance for Early Success

Build Initiative

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Louisiana Department of Education

Louisiana Kids Count-Agenda for Children

Louisiana Kids Dashboard

Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families

LSU/Tulane Early Childhood Policy & Data Center

Louisiana Quality Start Childcare Rating System

Ounce of Prevention

Tulane Institute for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health




The Importance of Early Childhood (The Ounce & First Five Years Fund)


Education Nation: Early Learning: Sowing Seeds for Future Success




The Case for Pre-School: Planet Money

Pre-School: The Best Job-Training Program