What are the Standards for Quality?

The Early Learning and Development Standards were created to be a framework for high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood programs and were designed to be used by early childhood educators throughout Louisiana. The term early childhood educator describes those responsible for the care and education of children from 0-5.

These standards:

     1) Describe what all children from birth to kindergarten should know and be able to do and their attitude about learning;

     2) Are appropriate for each age group and for English language learners and children with disabilities and/or developmental delays;

     3) Cover all Domains of School Readiness Research has consistently shown that there is a strong link between the quality of early childhood experiences and later school success.

To learn more about the standards, visit:

Early Childhood Standards

QUALITY START: Child Care Rating System

As parents, you want the very best for your children. That’s what Quality Start is all about. Quality Start is a program for licensed child care centers, designed to recognize, support, and increase the quality of child care throughout Louisiana.  When you choose a Quality Start child care center, you know you are choosing a center that is among the finest in the state.
Click to see the star rated centers in Ouachita Parish:
Choosing care for your child is a big decision.   The checklist below may be of help: