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Louisiana Department of Education – Early Childhood Development Programs
Currently, Louisiana serves four-year-olds through three programs:
- The Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program
- The 8(g) Student Enhancement Block Grant Program
- Housed in the Literacy Goal Office of the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), Louisiana’s Early Childhood Education Programs are focused on ensuring our youngest learners enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
- Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program (NSECD).
The state is consistently ranked in the top for its funding of state-financed prekindergarten programs, per pupil expenditures on preschool programs, and enrollment in preschool programs, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). In fact, more than 30 percent of the four-year-olds in the state participate in one of three state-funded preschool programs