DeSoto Ready Start2021 - 2022 Blueprint
The DeSoto Parish Early Childhood Network is a small rural early childhood network in northwest Louisiana. The network is rated as high proficient within the early childhood rating system. In the 2021/2022 school year, 326 children, ages birth to five, are being served in the community. 100% of our sites use a Tier 1 curriculum. The Network has made steady growth on the district performance profiles over the last five years, increasing to a ‘High Proficient” rating for the network. The number of early childhood sites with a High Proficient rate continues to rise. Currently, two sites are rated ‘Excellent’ and three are rated ‘High Proficient’. We added one new site, Head Start, in February of 2021. In November 2021 we added a Type III early learning center in Stonewall and at Logansport High School we added a Type III class for 3 year olds. These sites do not have a rating yet.
DeSoto Ready Start Goals
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- Coordinated Enrollment Event and utilize Social Media
- Develop and utilize a Ready Start Network website to inform parents and the community of early childhood opportunities
- Early Identification and Accurate Intervention Support Initiative with community outreach partners (pediatricians, dentists, leaders of faith)
Currently, one coordinated enrollment is held per year. This is a weeklong event located at different sites during that week. DeSoto Ready Start Network is developing a website.
Use the DeSoto Ready Start Network site to develop and implement marketing. Facebook and Twitter will be maintained as mediums for maintaining the public image of early childcare and development. Outreach to local pediatricians and leaders of faith to assist in forming parental connections for early screening opportunities and proper/accurate interventions if needed.
Track monthly site enrollment.
- Seek funding for additional seats at the Type III childcare center in the parish.
- Open two 3-year old classrooms at select public school sites in the parish.
- Obtain data from childcare/daycare sites to begin communicating the possibilities of the capacity to serve more children ages birth to three, and, whether or not they want to apply for Type III status.
DeSoto Parish currently has one Type III child care center. The Head Start program was closed in 2019. The Head Start program opened under the direction of Save The Children in February 2021. The DeSoto Parish School System has a universal four-year old program. In November 2021 we added a Type III Pre-k 3 class at Logansport High School and in Stonewall added a type III early learning center. Of the total number of students being served currently, 78% are four-year olds, 11% are three-year olds and 11% are birth to two-year olds.
Additional seats are needed at the Type III center to assist in filling to capacity and increasing the number of three-year olds that are served in the parish. Use local funds to open three-year old classrooms with certified instructors at Mansfield Elementary to reach children who do not qualify for CCAP or Head Start.
Complete the Super App funding requests for additional seats at the Type III center. Track center/school enrollment to see if there is an increase in three-year olds attendance.
- Continued job embedded coaching provided weekly.
- Professional Development on curriculum provided to Type III centers by vendors.
- Professional Development on CLASS through online Teachstone modules and MMCI for new teachers.
- Secure materials and resources needed to help teachers and staff promote high quality experiences for children.
- Provide accurate intervention support using an itinerant early childhood interventionist across the early childhood network.
MMCI training has been provided to all early childhood centers in the parish. Weekly job-embedded professional development clusters are scheduled weekly at all the PK sites. The Type III center has received professional development from Northwestern State University.
MMCI training is needed for new teachers. The Type III center and Head Start have higher turnover. There is a need to find and develop employees for these centers.
Track CLASS scores for improvement in the Instructional Domain.