Early Childhood Community Network

  • The Louisiana Department of Education has engaged in a statewide effort to strengthen early learning services for “Kindergarten Readiness” in response to the Early Childhood Care and Education Act of 2012. The mission has been to unify publicly funded preschool, Head Start and early child care programs into local Networks so that families have easy access to high-quality early learning options that put every child in need on track to enter school ready to learn.

    The St. Charles Parish Public School District serves as the Lead Agency for the local Network of early learning provider partners in our community. This involves the coordination of essential activities such as curriculum, classroom observation, assessment, enrollment and other resources. Preschool classes in the elementary schools, Head Start as well as the 9 Type III community child care centers participate in the St. Charles local Network: Boutte Christian Academy (Life Church), Children’s Book of Knowledge, Four Stars Childcare Facility, Full of Love Childcare, Kidz Academy, Kidz at Work of Destrehan, LLC., Mimi’s Lil Schoolhouse, Small World Daycare & Learning Center and We’re All-En Learning Center.

    The Network has one Unified Network Enrollment Application for all early childhood programs.  The application provides the opportunity for families to make a selection of first, second and third choices on the application to programs within the Network.  Applications are available online and at all program sites.  In addition to the Network’s Unified Application, each program has its individually required qualifying documentation and registration information. We invite all families to be on the lookout for the Annual Early Childhood Enrollment Outreach 2022-2023 enrollment information by reaching out to community child care centers, Head Start and the School Board Central Office. Please visit the Network website at https://www.stcharles.k12.la.us/. To learn more about the performance of St. Charles Parish Early Childhood programs view the statewide interactive online tool, the Louisiana School Finder at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/measuringresults/school-and-center-performance

    We also invite you to view the Network’s  “On Board Video” to hear the voices of parents, network provider partners and the school board on the implementation of collaborative efforts to ensure the delivery of quality early childhood services; and a second information resource, a video spotlight on Teachstone “Classroom Assessment Scoring System - CLASS”: which focuses on effective interactions among teachers and children in nurturing, well managed learning settings.

    If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

    Stephanie Dunmiles, M.Ed.
    Ready Start Program Director
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

    Phone: (985) 785-7221

    Dr. Tamanika Odinga
    Director of Early Intervention
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

    Phone: (985) 785-3173