Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Community Network is a partnership unifying childcare programs under the leadership of the Lincoln Parish Public School District. As the Lead Agency, it oversees CLASS observations as well as supporting partners with Tier 1 curriculum and professional development. The partnership consists of six school based prekindergarten sites, two Head Start sites, and ten Type III childcare centers. The overall network quality rating is High Proficient, showing an increase from 4.89 in 2017-2018 to 5.37 for 2018-2019. Due to the nationwide pandemic, statewide school and center shutdowns in March of 2020, face-to-face instruction to virtual instruction, the overall network quality rating will remain the same as the year before.
Children in Lincoln Parish face countless challenges that increase their risk of arriving at kindergarten unprepared for the challenges ahead. The rate of poverty in Lincoln is 21.7%, almost twice that national average. 69.3% of students entering kindergarten are labeled as economically disadvantaged and 16.2% as students with disabilities, and 6.4% lableled as English Learners.
The Community Network serves nearly all economically disadvantaged four-yera olds (95%-100%). Unfortunately, Lincoln Parish Early Childhood sites are not offering the same level or scale of affordable childhood education and care for families of young children, infant to three year-olds. The network is serving approximately 5%-35% economically disadvantaged infants to three year-olds. Physical space for infant through 3-year olds is a limitation for additional seats in the Network childcare centers. To address the deficit for Birth to 3 year-olds, Lincoln Parish was awarded 41 B-3 Seats, but it is not enough.
The percent of Lincoln Parish students demonstrating readiness for kindergarten is well below the state in all observed domains with the greatest disparity in Approach to Learning (-11.6%), Language and Literacy Development (-16.8%), and Physical Development (-14.5%). The lower scores are being addressed with the use of Tier 1 curriculums for birth to four-year olds. The most important factors in delivering quality early care and education are the credentials and skills of classroom teachers. Therefore, professional learning for the teachers and leaders of the birth – four-year old students will continue to be a priority.
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.
To enhance early childhood education, outreach, and partnerships to support and promote the development of children birth to five in Lincoln Parish.
Performance Metrics: Performance Profile will show an increase in this Domain.
Performance Metrics: The number of referrals based on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ screener). Track monthly site enrollment.
Performance Metrics: An increase in enrollment for Birth to three- year -old students.