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 four school based prekindergarten sites, one Head Start site, and twelve 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 and statewide shutdown of schools and centers in March of 2020, 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 25.8%,
more than twice the national average. 69.7% of students entering kindergarten are labeled as economically disadvantaged and 14.8% as students with disabilities.
The Community Network serves approximately 82% of the four-year old population and 58% of the three-year old population but the numbers decrease drastically for infants through two-years old. Less than 10% of two-year olds are served and even fewer one-year olds and infants. Physical space for infant through 3-year olds is a limitation for additional seats in the Network childcare centers. To address the deficit for four-year old classrooms Lincoln Parish School Board is adding four additional four-year old classrooms and the Network is adding two additional four-year old classroom. Of the children served in birth to four-year old, 97% attend a program that is rated as High-Quality.
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 three and four year old students and Hispanic students.
● Seek funding for additional seats at the Type III childcare centers in the parish.
● Obtain data from childcare sites to begin communicating the possibilities of the capacity to serve more children ages birth to three.
Performance Metrics: Complete the Super App funding requests for additional seats at the Type III centers. Track center enrollment to see if there is an increase in birth to three year old attendance.