St. Charles Parish Early Childhood Community Network Blueprint Summary
The St. Charles Parish Community Network is a vibrant group of diverse partners from childcare, public schools, churches, grassroots, government and coordinated services agencies and organizations, who work collaboratively in the spirit of implementing strategies identified by Act 3 of the 2020 legislature to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn. The Network consists of 8 type III childcare centers, two Head Start sites, and 6 elementary schools. In total, approximately 578 children, birth- age 4 are served through public funds in the community. The most recent data available (2018-2019) revealed that our network earned a rating of “High Proficient” in overall measures of classroom quality.
The 2018-2019 data indicated that approximately 92% of 4 year old children are being served in high quality sites, but there is limited access to quality services for the birth-3 population. The data revealed that of the “Kindergarten At- Risk Cohort” (448) used to estimate the number of in need children at each age group in St. Charles Parish, only 2% infants; 7% 1 year olds; 8% 2 year-olds; and 22% 3 year olds had access to quality early childhood services. The Network is moving strategically toward closing the gap through the successful push for an additional 73 Head Start three year old seats in 2019-2020. Additionally, the Network is participating in “Get Ready” Cohort 3, and has enhanced its focus on birth to three services by expanding coalition partners who serve as “Ambassadors” in the launching of our Three by Three “Toolbox in a Bag” project for awareness, engagement and investment parish-wide.
Access, Quality and Ready to Learn for all little ones, birth-5 in St. Charles Parish
Maximize learning for all children birth age 5 in St. Charles Parish through a network of partners and community-wide early education infrastructure
Goal 1: Improve access, quality and equity in child care by expanding provider partnerships and community –wide coalitions for awareness, engagement and investment.
Goal 2: Increase quality of CLASS Performance profiles for existing Network Type 111 sites in the domains of Instructional Support and Engaged Support for learning.
Goal 3: Increase the number of children in quality centers age birth-3 years.