About Us


To enhance early childhood education, outreach, and partnerships to support and promote the development of children birth to five in Lincoln Parish.

LEAD Agencies

Every Early Childhood Community Network has a lead agency that facilitates the coordinated leadership functions for the community. Lead Agencies coordinate local CLASS™ observations for publicly-funded sites, facilitate the coordinated enrollment process, conduct community meetings, and distribute communication from the Department.

Classroom Supports

Early Childhood Community Networks improve family access to high-quality early learning experiences for children and increase support for programs.


By empowering families with choice and raising the bar for all early childhood programs, Louisiana seeks to have every child prepared to enter and succeed in kindergarten.

What are Ready Start Networks?

Before the passage of Act 3 in 2012, Louisiana had no unified statewide system of early childhood care and education. In 2013, the state introduced the early childhood Community Network model that is now in place. Today, Louisiana has 65 early childhood Community Networks representing the entire state. Each network is led by a "lead agency," a state-approved entity, such as a school system or organization, which serves as the point of contact for local care providers and as the liaison with the state education department. Currently, lead agencies serve a primarily administrative role, overseeing data collection and reporting, ensuring the observations that inform annual performance profiles are conducted twice a year and coordinating enrollment.

Ready Start Lincoln (RSN) Blue Print Summary

Lincoln RSN is a coalition of individuals committed to creating and implementing a bold local vision for early childhood. RSN is driven by our community’s need to improve opportunities and inspire change for children birth to age five. These individuals will continuously meet to create a seamless and coherent system, leverage funding/maximize investments, and increase the quality of and access to early childhood opportunities.

  • To view the Lincoln RSN Blue Print summary click here.

Our Vision

All Lincoln Parish children will have their basic needs met and have equitable access to quality early childhood care and education opportunities, so they are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I find a center for my child?

    You can search this site louisianaschools.com to find Type III Early Learning Centers, Head Start, and Lincoln Parish Pre-K for your child

  2. What age can I send my child to a learning center?
  3. How are Early Childhood programs rated?

    View all Louisiana schools here

  4. What if my child has special needs?

    Every child is unique!

    A child who is three to five years old and has one or more of the following concerns may be referred for testing:

    • Difficulty expressing or understanding spoken language
    • Problems with fine or gross motor skills
    • Vision, hearing, or health problems
    • Social, adaptive and/or emotional development
    • Delayed development of pre-academic skills

    If an evaluation shows that your child needs special services, the next step is to hold an IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting.

    Placement of children with a disability is an IEP team decision.  Every child with a disability should be placed in an environment that will best meet the needs of the individual child.  Children with IEP’s may be served in child care settings, homes, private preschool classrooms, Head Start classrooms, public school Pre-K programs, service provider locations, and ECSE (early childhood special education) classrooms.

  5. Why is High Quality Early Childhood Education important?

    For generations, kindergarten was considered the beginning of a child’s learning, but that’s no longer the case. According to research the period from birth through age 5 is when children develop language, thinking, physical, and socio-emotional skills that they will utilize throughout their lives. During these years, every experience that a child has helps to create the architecture of the brain. Therefore, the quality of a child’s preschool experiences can be a key predictor of their success in school and life.