Child Care Resource Library
The first time you hand over your child to a childcare provider can be intimidating. No matter how much you have researched, examined and interviewed, you will always worry if your precious one is being taken care of safely with love and concern. However, you can ease that anxiety early on if you know what to look for when touring childcare facilities.
Many experts agree that healthy child development requires a strong balance of physical, emotional and mental stimulation. From proper nutrition to regular comforting human contact, healthy development begins from day one. Making sure your little one is being nurtured is not a one-time check; it’s an ongoing process.
The Louisiana Department of Education maintains an active registry listing the names of any individual with an existing court order prohibiting them from operating an early learning center without a current, valid license from the Department. The registry includes the individual’s name, the name of any early learning center the individual operated, and the parish in which the provider was located along with links to available court orders or injunctions.
Below is a listing of revoked licenses for the past 24 months.
In accordance with Louisiana Bulletin 137, Chapter 13, if a license is revoked or renewal is refused due to failure to comply with licensing laws, regulations, or minimum standards, or if a license is surrendered to avoid such adverse action, a center shall not be qualified to submit a new application for licensure for a minimum disqualification period of 24 months.
If you suspect that a child’s health or safety is jeopardized due to abuse or neglect by parents or other caretaker who has custody of the child, contact the appropriate authority in the county or state, in which, the child resides. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, please call 911 first.
Your confidential call will not only make sure the child is safe, but also help provide the child’s family the services they need to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home.
Below are the specific information for each of the states:
To report suspected licensing violations or possible illegal child care operations, use the contact information below, depending on where the child care is located.
With summer just around the corner and school about to let out, now is the time to make the most of your child’s summer vacation. Whether it’s local projects and day trips or wider excursions, here are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged.
Expanding a daycare business in order to include preschool classes can be a lucrative choice, as there are a wide array of benefits which can be associated with offering a preschool curriculum. For an existing daycare business, this can easily translate to substantially increased enrollment numbers and greater client satisfaction, but will require some significant changes and ample preparation. Before announcing preschool classes and an extended curriculum, daycare administrators and managers are urged to carefully research their options and the associated requirements.
Maintaining appropriate child-to-staff ratios is one of the most important tasks faced by daycare administrators, and may also be among the most challenging. Staffing requirements and ratio standards may even be mandated by law in some states, making the issue even more urgent for many daycare providers. Ensuring the safety of children while meeting all state staffing requirements is a task which no daycare administrator can ignore; the future of a business can very easily depend upon such standards.
While caring for toddlers and older children is not without its challenges, providing care for newborns introduces an entirely separate set of requirements and needs. Childcare providers should know how to properly meet the needs of newborns to promote healthy development while discouraging the spread of illness, reducing risk and keeping newborns safe.
Potty training is a milestone for children, parents and childcare providers alike, but it can also be a long and challenging road for all involved parties. Children do tend to reach full potty training on their own schedule, though many childcare providers do specify the age by which a child must be potty trained in order to continue care. Ideally, a childcare provider will adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, which stress potty training at the appropriate developmental level above chronological age.