Birth to Five Blueprint

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.

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.

MISSION

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

Strategic Plan

Goal 1:  By the end of the 2023-2024 school year, 75% of Early Childhood sites will receive Proficient or higher in Instructional Support and/or Engaged Support for Learning domain(s).

  • Provide professional development through Teaching Strategies for teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Provide leaders with professional development on walkthrough observations, feedback, and coaching
  • Provide feedback and resources to teachers on observations to help improve teacher and child interactions.

Resources:

  • Existing:  Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre K
  • Needed:  Funds to add additional curriculum and continue professional learning through Teaching Strategies; funds for digital curriculum in Pre K

Performance Metrics:  Performance Profile will show an increase in this Domain.

Goal 2:  Increase community awareness about the importance of high-quality early childhood care and educatin by the end of the 2023-2024 academic year         

  • Coordinated Enrollment Event
  • Utilize  Social Media and Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Website
  • Early Identification and Accurate Intervention Support Initiative with community outreach partners (pediatricians, dentists, leaders of faith)

Resources:  

  • Existing:  Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) English and Spanish version; Coordinated Enrollment Event
  • Needed:  Use the early childhood network website as a location for developing and implementing marketing and parental guides for child development. Social Media will be maintained as mediums for maintaining the public image of early childcare and development. Outreach to local pediatricians and leaders of faith to assist in forming parental connections for early screening opportunities and proper/accurate interventions if needed.

Performance Metrics:  The number of referrals based on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ screener). Track monthly site enrollment.  

Goal 3:  Increase the number of children, age birth to three in quality centers to ensure families have easy access to affordable, high-quality childcare and education.

  • 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 age birth to three. 
  • Develop an effective parntership with all program partners
  • Use data from needs assessment to make informed decisions
  • Utilize an online registration managment system. 

Resources:

  • Existing: Data provided by the Early Childhood LDOE team, collaborate with Early Childhood LDOE team, partnership agreements with Type III centers who receive B-3 seats funding.
  • Needed:  Additional Seats are needed at the Type III centers to assist in filling to capacity and increasing the number of birth to three-year-old seats. Funds for curriculum, materials, and professional development to support Creative Curriculum and/or Frog Street Curriculum for additional birth to three-year-old classrooms; additionally, publicly funded seats allotted to the Community Network; funds to train additional CLASS observers.

Performance Metrics:  An increase in enrollment for Birth to three- year -old students.

 


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