Nearly 400 early learning centers earn spots on State Honor Roll

Honor Roll recognizes sites for overall excellence, superior infant and toddler care, and growth

Baton Rouge, La. — The Louisiana Department of Education today announced nearly 400 publicly funded early childhood education programs, about 25 percent of all sites, have earned a spot on the state’s “Honor Roll” as a result of their performance in 2018-2019. The announcement comes the day before the state will release annual early childhood performance profiles and K-12 school report cards in the Louisiana School and Center Finder.

“Louisiana took a great step forward when it began publicly reporting the performance of early childhood centers alongside their counterparts in K-12 systems,” said State Superintendent John White. “The Honor Roll released today complements that effort by recognizing and rewarding the sites that achieved remarkable success this past year. We applaud these sites for providing families, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, with access to high-quality care and for acting as models for excellence and growth.”

“These standout sites really highlight the great work being done throughout Louisiana in early education. We are caring for our earliest learners in safe, emotionally supportive, and educational environments, preparing them for success in school and life,” said Tony Davis, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Our state is being well served by its investment in early childhood education, and I proudly continue to advocate for additional funding to expand these kinds of gains.”

The Honor Roll recognizes early childhood programs, including early childhood centers, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten, in three categories:

• Excellent: Sites on this list achieved a rating of “Excellent,” the highest possible rating, on the annual performance evaluation. The evaluation tool that informs the rating is used nationally and internationally, meaning the sites on this list are among the best in the world.

• Birth to Three: Sites on this list provided high-quality instruction and care to the state’s youngest learners, children birth to age three. This is significant because Louisiana serves far fewer economically disadvantaged children birth to age three, and early childhood sites typically score lower in performance categories related to these age groups.

• Top Gains: Sites on this list significantly improved their performance from one year to the next.

Overall, 363 sites made the Honor Roll for 2018-2019, up from 277 sites the previous year. Of that total, 113 were recognized in the “Excellence” category, 216 were recognized in the “Birth to Three” category, and 57 were recognized in the “Top Gains” category. Some sites are listed in more than one category of the Honor Roll.