Licensed early learning centers

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Definitions: Number of licensed early learning centers (also known as day care centers).

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Licensing, Baton Rouge, LA and Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA

Footnotes: The Louisiana Department of Education licenses early learning centers in Louisiana. Licensed facilities must meet minimum standards regarding health and safety, program activities, staff training, environment, and child/staff ratios. Some programs serving young children are exempt from the Louisiana DOE licensing regulations and are thus excluded from this count. Exempt facilities include: private or public day schools serving children in grades one and above or operating kindergartens or prekindergarten programs, as well as certified Montessori schools, camps, and some part-day programs.

In Louisiana, centers can receive a Type I, Type II or Type III license. Requirements vary for each type of licensing. Only Type III centers are eligible to receive most sources of government funding for early learning centers (e.g. the Child Care Assistance Program, Early Head Start. Head Start, LA4, Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development funds and Preschool Expansion Grant funding). Type III centers are required to participate in Louisiana's accountability system for early childhood education programs.

Louisiana's licensing regulations can be found in Bulletin 137.