What are Performance Profiles?

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.

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Preschool Development Grant

Birth to Three Slots Available
Families that are eligible to apply for seats at Little Feathers Childcare and Tender Touch Nursery II under the PDG Birth to 3 funding must have incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and considered “economically disadvantaged.” Foster children and Homeless Families are categorically eligible for these publicly-funded seats and children with special needs and ELL may be eligible to receive services but must still qualify to participate in publicly-funded programs.

If you or someone you may know may qualify or interested in applying for a seat funded through PDG Birth to 3 at Little Feathers or Tender Touch Nursery II or if you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Theresa Lawson at
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Phase 3 - what does it look like?  

Childcare Centers
In order to help ensure the health and well-being of children and families, the following guidelines and protocols are now being implemented in childcare centers:

  • Group Sizes Group sizes return to the normal ratios set under BESE Bulletin 137. Sizes are as follows:
    • 5 Infants under 1 year to 1 adult
    • 7 One-year olds to 1 adult
    • 11 Two-year olds to 1 adult
    • 13 Three-year olds to 1 adult
    • 15 Four-year olds to 1 adult
    • 19 Five-year olds to 1 adult
  • Indoor Groups must be in rooms enclosed by walls or partitions. Groups cannot meet in shared indoor spaces unless the space is cleaned & disinfected before and after each group’s use.
  • Outdoor Groups must be separated, but do not require a physical barrier. In swimming pools, groups must be separated by lane lines or ropes. 
  • Changes in parent drop-off and pick-up processes 
    • Curbside or limited contact 
    • Visual and Temperature Screening children and staff upon arrival 
    • Person who have a fever of 100.4 or above or other signs of illness must not be admitted to the facility. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every hour. 
    • Enhanced hand-washing every two hours. 
    • Spread out nap mats as much as possible.
    • Cancel or postpone special events. 

Pre-K Classrooms
Starting October 5th, preschool classrooms in the school system will take place face-to-face in the classroom Mondays through Thursdays with at-home learning on Fridays to allow for deep cleaning. Preschool children will maintain six feet distancing to the maximum extent possible and are not expected to wear masks or shields. 

Head Start and Early Head Start
Information on Phase III in Early Head Start/ Head Start still to come.

Developmental Milestone of the Month

At 1-2 years old, a child will begin to show an interest in writing and drawing. You can help your child develop prewriting skills by: 

  • Encouraging them to write or draw when they appear interested. 
  • Making scribbles or marks like your child’s while they are writing or drawing. 
  • Label the scribbles and marks that they draw by asking them what they are making.

Conscious Discipline Tip

Create visual expectations and schedule posters to help your child gain independence. Visual expectations or schedules can show children exactly what to do through the day or during specific situations. When we give children more information about our expectations, we are helping set them up to cooperate and succeed.

Setting up those expectations can be as simple as cutting out pictures that represent the actions that you desire (ex. Place a picture of shoes on the wall near where children are expected to put their shoes). Encourage behaviors by celebrating your child’s success with phrases such as “You did it! You put your shoes in their special spot!”

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Parent & Teacher Resources

Looking for Quality Childcare?

Curious where you can find childcare availability by age? Look no further! You can find the most up to date availabilities in all programs (Child Care, Head Start/ Early Head Start, and School System Pre-K) by visiting the Ready Start Richland page on the Children’s Coalition website. These availabilities are updated on a monthly basis for each site.

Complete the Market Rate Survey

The MRS helps determine the true costs of high quality child care and provides the Department with localized data used to determine the state’s child care reimbursement rates. Due to COVID-19, the Department must collect new data. Therefore, the Department is releasing a new Market Rate Survey that will close on October 30.
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Make sure to "like" our Ready Start Richland page for parenting tips, activities you can do at home, local resources and more! This is also a space to learn more about our child care providers and the amazing work they do!


Fun at Home!

Cut yellow, green and red apples into slices using your preferred method. Encourage your child to taste each apple slice and talk about how they taste. Ask your child if the apples taste different or the same. You can also take the time to discuss where apples grow other ways that people eat apples.  

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