OPELOUSAS, LA - The St. Landry Parish School District (SLPSD) is proud of the progress the St. Landry Early Childhood Network has made over the past two years. In September of 2018, the St. Landry Parish Board acquired Head Start to provide greater opportunity and quality education through a Tier I curriculum for all students of St. Landry Parish. This was a huge endeavor, but one that is well worth the investment. Network gains demonstrated during the 2019-2020 school year are outlined below.
● 100% St. Landry Parish Early Childhood Network sites are proficient and above; which is an
increase of 14% from the 2017-2018 school year.
-26% of sites are Excellent; This an increase of 13% in a one year span.
-60% of sites are High Proficient; This is a newly identified rating.
- 14% of sites are Proficient
● “Excellent” rating in Overall Equitable Access.
● 95% of sites are using a Tier I curriculum; This is an increase of 26% over the last two years.
St. Landry Parish Early Childhood Community Network, which is made up of publicly funded early childhood sites, consists of the St. Landry Parish School Board, St. Landry Parish Head Start Centers, Type III Childcare Centers, and NSECD (Non-Public) schools have been working collaboratively to ensure all children enrolled in their programs receive high-quality care and kindergarten readiness. The network agencies work diligently to offer engaging academic instruction through Tier I curriculums, professional development, TS Gold Student Assessment, and extensive monitoring with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). The accountability rating system ranges for Early Childhood Education Performance Profiles is as follows: St. Landry Parish Early Childhood Network programs were also among those recognized by the Louisiana Department Of Education for their academic progress. Schools and centers having an “Excellent” rating on the performance profile include Glendale Elementary, Grand Prairie Elementary, Krotz Springs Elementary, East Elementary, Grand Coteau Elementary, Grolee Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Port Barre Elementary, Park Vista Elementary, Washington Head Start, and Heavenly Angels Childcare Center. Superintendent Patrick Jenkins noted, “Our Early Childhood Education programs and network have steadily improved for the past 4 years in St Landry Parish. Our Early Learning programs have integrated age appropriate technology and Tier I curriculums across the community network. These are just two components of many that have had a positive influence in the lives of our youngest population. The academic progress demonstrated is a testament to the hard work of our students, staff, parents, and our community stakeholders.”