Early Childhood Performance Profiles are a part of the statewide early childhood quality rating and improvement system. Every publicly funded childcare center, Head Start, and school that serves children ages birth to five years receives a Performance Profile for the academic year. Performance Profiles are used to measure the effectiveness of best practices that promote learning and development for our youngest learners, which is collected through ongoing observations throughout the year. Performance Profiles also measures the use of high-quality curriculum, teacher credentials, and adult to child ratios. Once the information is collected and analyzed, it is placed into five categories to reflect the quality and effectiveness of preparing children to enter kindergarten for each early childhood site. The five categories of ratings are: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Proficient, Proficient, High Proficient, Excellent.
The purpose for Early Childhood Performance Profiles is to help early childhood sites in knowing where their strengths and areas of improvement can be found as individual sites look for ways to work towards increasing the quality of care they offer young learners. Another purpose of Early Childhood Performance Profiles is to serve as an informational guide to parents who are interested in and looking to enroll their child into an early childhood program in their area.
Each fall, Performance Profiles for the previous school year are typically released in October and can be found on the Louisiana School Finder, along with a brief parent video explaining how the profiles are created and put together. To find out more information or to search for a specific early childhood site’s performance profile, click the button below.