The LSU Child Care Center uses parent-teacher conferences as an effective means to update parents on their child’s progress and to discuss any areas of concern teachers or parents may have related to the child. This is a time to exchange information and set goals as well as report on the child’s life at LSU Child Care Center. These conferences are key ingredients to the level of quality provided.
The LSU Child Care Center uses the standards and goals defined by the Louisiana Department of Social Services and the Louisiana Department of Education as measures of developmental and academic success. These program standards are reviewed at each parent-teacher conference. Parent conferences are scheduled twice per year, in the Fall and Spring. Both parents are encouraged to attend.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation
The LSU Child Care Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)- the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the LSU Child Care Center went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—Approximately 8 percent of all preschools or other early childhood programs. The LSU Child Care Center is one of three NAEYC accredited in Baton Rouge and one of 22 Center in the state of Louisiana. The NAEYC Accreditatiion system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that the LSU Child Care Center is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.”
Louisiana Quality Start Program
The LSU Child Care Center was one of the first centers to voluntarily enroll in Louisiana’s Quality Start Program. This is a voluntary that serves to: guide parents in choosing quality child care, provide a benchmark for program development, and act as an accountability measure for future state funding. Families and caregivers will receive tax incentives for being enrolled and/or employed by a star rated center. Louisiana has implemented this system because high quality child care is one of the most effective ways to improve school performance, increase high school graduation rates, job performance and adult productivity. The LSU Child Care Center has maintained a four star rating for several consecutive years.