Jun 28, 2018
Since 2012, Louisiana has been developing policies to improve student outcomes in the areas of early childhood education (ECE), K–12 academics, teacher preparation, and graduation pathways; an overview of these efforts is provided in the 2018 RAND report Raising the Bar: Louisiana's Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes. The current report, which is part of a four-part series on the implementation and outcomes of these reforms, focuses on the state's comprehensive efforts to support and improve ECE and what implementation challenges have emerged.
The study's findings suggest broad awareness and support of the state's major reforms to create a unified ECE system intended to increase quality and accountability for publicly funded providers of ECE, as well as strong communication between the state and ECE stakeholders. However, interviews and surveys with ECE stakeholders revealed some implementation challenges, including challenges particularly affecting Type III ECE centers, which are centers that serve low-income children eligible to receive public subsidies.