Louisiana Believes starts with the premise that all students can achieve high expectations and master rigorous academic standards. While all students can learn, not all students start school ready to succeed. Research shows that children who participate in a high quality early childhood program are more likely to enter school kindergarten ready, which has a lasting impact on their academic success.
In Louisiana, a little more than half of students entering kindergarten - 54% - are academically and developmentally ready to succeed. While Louisiana spends millions on multiple early childhood programs, including pre-kindergarten in public schools (LA4, 8(g), Title I, IDEA), the Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program, Child Care Assistance Program, Head Start, Early Head Start and EarlySteps, a fragmented system is allowing our youngest learners to slip through the cracks.
That is why Louisiana is developing a unified Early Childhood System of Local Networks, as directed by Act 3 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session. When fully implemented in 2015-2016, the networks will expand access to high quality, publicly-funded early childhood programs to families across Louisiana to ensure more children enter school kindergarten ready.
Application and Selection Dates
STEP 1: Submit an application for Calcasieu Parish Network online at www.calcasieu4all.com
2021-2022 Enrollment will open on April 12, 2021 at midnight and will remain open until May 25, 2022.
- Round 1 April 12, 2021 - May 14, 2021 Placement will begin on Monday, June 1, 2021.
- Round 2 May 15, 2021 -June 18, 2021 Placement will begin on July 16, 2021.
- Round 3 June 19, 2021 - May 26, 2022 Placement begins in July and continues throughout the school year.
STEP 2: Head Start Families ONLY
After enrollment, an email will be sent with the date of your vertification visit as well as details of required documentation. All information must be accurate and verified. If a student is selected for admission based on application information that is later determined to be false, the student may lose admission into the program. Please check your account dashboard daily for email correspondence in regards to your child's 3-year-old Head Start interview.
STEP 3: Eligiblity for placement occurs when verification is complete and reviewed. Parents will be notified via email.
STEP 4: Once placement occurs, the parent must login to their portal and accept the seat.