Today, the Louisiana Department of Education unveiled a new interactive website called Louisiana School Finder. It contains performance ratings for public schools and licensed early learning centers (commonly referred to as daycare centers). The early learning centers in the state of Louisiana who are included on the newly launched Louisiana School Finder website are to be commended for participating in the Louisiana Department of Education Type III licensure category. There are many high-quality Type I (church-based) and Type II early learning centers providing early care and education to infants and toddlers, including 3 and 4-year-old children. Early learning centers who participate in Type III are centers who accept families who qualify for Child Care Assistance.
“We are very proud of the members of the Childcare Association of Louisiana, who are working extremely hard to ensure that quality early childhood education is accessible for ALL children at all ages,” said Jonathan Pearce, President of the Childcare Association of Louisiana. “CCAL also believes strongly that children should be cared for and educated in developmentally appropriate settings”.
The real action is on the Top Gains Honor Roll where childcare centers across the state improved their performance ratings with very little to no additional funds from the state of Louisiana. Early learning centers are highly regulated by a multitude of state agencies, to ensure that children are taken care of and educated in developmentally appropriate settings. These regulatory requirements are from the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
“Act 3 which required licensed early learning centers who accept public subsidies that help working families – a minimum 30 hour requirement to be enrolled in school or working, is an unfunded mandate on Type III childcare providers to meet stringent accountability standards set forth by the Louisiana Department of Education”, said Alan Young, legislative chairman of the Childcare Association of Louisiana. However, licensed child care centers across the state have stepped up to the plate to ensure that children who are in their care are being adequately prepared for kindergarten.
The premise of Act 3 was to level the playing field and equalize the funding streams for all children and their families who receive public funds for early childhood education. This included the LA4 program, head start programs, the NSECD program and childcare centers that accept families who qualify for the federally funded Child Care Assistance subsidy.
The Childcare Association of Louisiana is a statewide, nonprofit organization that represents the needs of the childcare profession and the children and their families that they serve.
Early voting begins SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 and continues through SATURDAY, OCT. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Oct. 1.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the special election to fill the state treasurer’s office vacated by John Kennedy to consider voting early. Early voting begins SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 and continues through SATURDAY, OCT. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, Oct. 1.
Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award-winning smartphone application, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to early vote as well as whether they are eligible to vote in this election. All 64 parishes statewide have the treasurer’s race and three constitutional amendments on the ballot for Oct. 14. Additionally, New Orleans has high-profile municipal races including mayor and city council, while other elections of interest across the state include two state representative seats (districts 58 and 77), public service commissioner (District 2) and various municipal/local elections.
Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations visit https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.
“Louisiana is ranked in the top 20 states to see a significant increase in opioid drug overdoses. We must reverse this alarming trend.” –Senator Boudreaux
Senator Boudreaux is focused and dedicated to promoting a drug-free Louisiana. With the growing opioid epidemic in the country, it is important that our state takes a stand to protect its citizens.
Senator Boudreaux of District 24 hosts Jacob Hawkins from the Academy of Business as his Summer 2017 intern. Mr. Hawkins has accompanied Senator Boudreaux in completing a number of Legislative duties, which include monitoring house and senate bills, retrieving and reporting on fiscal notes, reviewing weekly Senate workload, retrieving video archives for review and summarization, and learning to interact with and communicate with constituents.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Warrior Blood and Community Drive, which will be held at the South City Park in Opelousas on June 24th. The Drive will begin with a Walk for Sickle Cell Warriors starting at 9:00 am and will be followed by a Family Fun Day from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. There will also be LIVE entertainment, including Dancers, a DJ, Guest Speakers and so much more! For more information, you can contact Don Vallien at 337-331-5558.
Due to recent flooding of 2016 in South Louisiana, The Restore Louisiana Homeowner’s Assistance Program has released a survey for victims to begin receiving assistance in repairing and restoring their damaged homes as well as obtaining reimbursements for work already completed following the flood.
“When you’re healthy, you’re productive…We want a productive, active community. But in order to have that, people have to be healthy.”
We’d like to highlight Our Lady of Lourdes that has provided the homeless and many others exemplary service through the St. Bernadette Clinic. Watch as we ask local Amos Ratliff about his personal experience with the clinic.
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Senator Gerald Boudreaux attended the Legislative Roundtable Breakfast hosted by Louisiana’s Council Advocacy Network at the Lafayette Public Library located at 301 W. Congress St. Lafayette, La 70501.
He was educated by members of the community on funding for home and community-based services as well as equitable funding for public school systems in the 2017-2018 state budget.
The event focused on highlighting the concerns of parents, self-advocates, community leaders, and other education advocates on living with and working with individuals with disabilities and their families. The event also focused on helping Sen. Boudreaux better understand the funding formula used for traditional public schools.
Sen. Boudreaux was very pleased to meet with the community and get more insight into their concerns on this matter.