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Early Childhood Department
Vermilion Conference Center
326 Gauthier Road
Lafayette, LA 70501
521-7162
521-7163



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Christine Duay, Director
(337) 521-7161

Aritha Lewis, Secretary II
(337) 521-7162

Kim Domingue, Account Clerk I
(337) 521-7163

Rachel Leblanc, SPED Secretary I
(337) 521-7135

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Pre-K Staff

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SPED Pre-K Assessment Team
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Family And Child Development Center
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On Track By 5 Alliance

The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten Program is to provide high-quality, developmentally-appropriate pre-kindergarten classes, before-school and after-school enrichment activities (based on funding & interest) to four-year old children who are eligible to enter public school the following year.  The Lafayette Parish School System's Early Childhood Programs provide students with academic, cultural and artistic experiences that prepare them for the learning environment in and beyond.

Lafayette Parish School System does not offer universal Pre-K 4.  We currently service about 1/3 of our kindergarten population.  Most of our funding comes from the LA-4, Title I, and 8(g) grants.  Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch have priority based on grant guidelines.  Other students are required to pay tuition.

Local Pre-K programs adhere to the developmental philosophy as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Developmentally-appropriate practices have proven to be effective in early childhood education.  Inherent in this philosophy is the provision of a child-centered program directed toward the development of cognitive, social, emotional, language and literacy, and motor skills in a manner and at a pace consistent with the needs and capabilities of the individual child.

The years between 3 and 6 are not only the prime time for laying an academic foundation, but most importantly, the years when a child learns the ground rules of human behavior most easily. These are the years to help a child in preparing to take his/her place in society through the acquisition of good habits and manners.

 

Resources

Every Pre-Kindergarten school site has an Early Childhood Resource Coordinator and School Counselor.

Resource Coordinators ensure that preschool students, their parents, and teachers have access to all resources necessary for preparation:
•    Regular school attendance (phone and home visit contacts)
•    Health screenings
•    Mental health support (ECSS)
•    Family education and other resource referrals: substance & domestic abuse,
     uniform assistance, homelessness, etc.
•    Classroom visits
•    Professional Development

 



Early Childhood Pre-Kindergarten Four-Year Old School Sites

Alice Boucher Elementary (Spanish Immersion)**
Alice Boucher Elementary (Regular class)
Broadmoor Elementary (ESL)
Charles Burke Elementary
Carencro Heights Elementary (Regular ESL)
Duson Elementary
Ernest Gallet Elementary
Evangeline Elementary
Green T. Lindon Elementary
J. Wallace James Elementary (Arts & Technology)**
J.W. Faulk Elementary
Katharine Drexel Elementary
Milton Elementary
Mimi’s Preschool
Prairie Elementary (French Immersion)**
Ridge Elementary (ESL)
S. T. Montgomery Elementary
Truman Early Childhood Education Center

521-7610
521-7610
521-7620
521-7630
521-7640
521-7660
521-7690
521-7670
521-7720
521-7700
521-7680
521-7650
521-7740
232-6100
521-7790
521-7800
521-7750
521-7810

 ** Indicates Schools of Choice site.  Please note different application process under Applications.

 


Guidelines


Eligibility
Pre-K 4: Must be 4 years old on or before September 30th and reside in Lafayette Parish.


Attendance
The Early Childhood Program (LA-4, 8(g), and Title 1) is funded based on student attendance. If your child misses one or more days of school within a month without a doctor’s excuse, your child may be at risk of losing his/her position in the program.  A death in the immediate family is an excused absence if published obituary is provided.

Tardiness
Tardiness should be kept to a minimum. Teachers are actively engaged in opening activities at the beginning of the school day and it is important that every child is exposed to a structured, learning routine.

Dress Code
The Early Childhood Program follows the dress code established by the Lafayette Parish School Board. The specifics can be found in your LPSS Handbook. Belts do not have to be worn by Preschool or Kindergarten students.  Students are not allowed to wear open-toe shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or slippers.

Tuition         
Tuition may be charged, for any child who is NOT eligible for free or reduced price meals.  Tuition is due on the first school day of every month.  Your child will lose his/her position in the program if tuition is not paid.  A tuition agreement form must be completed at the beginning of the school year.  Tuition is tax-exempt and receipts will be issued.  Please Note:  Breakfast and lunch are not included in tuition fees.
                 
Transportation
For transportation concerns, please contact the Transportation Department at 521-7447. Please notify your child’s teacher of any changes.  Bus transportation is NOT available for our program for three year olds.

Food Service Forms
Every student must have a completed free or reduced lunch application.  Our program is grant funded and requires a lunch status of either free or reduced lunch for free admission into our program.  It is imperative that every student submits a form.  Please Note:  Breakfast and lunch must be prepaid monthly by students who have a reduced- or full-pay lunch status, including over income IEP students.  School Food Service will not provide meals for students who do not have money in his/her account.  For additional information, please call 521-7370.

Emergency School Closure
The Early Childhood Program abides by the same rules as the Lafayette Parish School System.   When school closures are announced, our program will close as well.  LPSS uses PACE as a means of mass communication.

Personal Information
Please inform the classroom teacher and school office when addresses or telephone numbers change for your child’s safety.  Schools need to be able to reach you in case of an emergency regarding your child.

Before-Care and After-Care Program
Before- and after-school care is offered at most early childhood sites for a minimal fee.

Parental Involvement
Several parental involvement activities will take place throughout the school year.  Near the end of the school year, preschool students and their parents will have an opportunity to participate in transition activities with their assigned school site.  All parents are expected to be in attendance.

Open-Door Policy
Parents and guardians are welcome to visit at anytime. All visitors must check into the office first and receive a visitor’s pass before proceeding to the classroom.  If a parent needs to speak to the classroom teacher, he or she may call the school office to leave a message for any concerns.

 


Applications


LAFAYETTE PARISH EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY NETWORK ENROLLMENT

n order to improve Early Childhood care and education throughout the parish, the Lafayette Parish School System, NSECD, Type III Early Learning Centers (Childcare), Head Start and Early Head Start have joined together to raise the level of expectations and birth-to-five standards to promote kindergarten readiness.

Before registration, you will need to enroll for an early childhood program (www.enrolllafayette.com ).  This is the first step to getting your child into a Lafayette Parish School System Pre-K class.  You will receive an email with directions about Pre-K registration once Early Childhood has received and accepted your application.


PRE-K REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL YOU HAVE APPLIED ONLINE TO ENROLL FOR PRE-K (see above). If you have been accepted into a Schools-of-Choice program, you will still need to apply for Pre-K.


WHAT IS NEEDED TO APPLY?

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Up-to-Date Shot Records
  • Parents’ Proof of Income (two consecutive pay stubs, food stamp printout, SSI, child support, etc.)
  • Parents’ Proof of Address (light, gas, or water bill/receipt in parent’s name) or a Verification of Residence document along with the utility bill of the person with whom you are residing.
  • Legal Documents (if child is not living with parent(s)



 
Medical Concerns


Vision and Hearing Screenings

All Early Childhood students will undergo a vision and hearing screening.  Parents will be notified by letter concerning the scheduled dates.  If a child is referred for vision or hearing, a referral letter will be sent home requesting a follow-up appointment with a physician. A copy of the completed physician’s form needs to be returned to school for your child’s records.

Medication Administration
The Early Childhood Program abides by the Lafayette Parish School System’s medication policy for administering medication.  If there are additional questions, please call 521-7281. 

Allergies
Many of our students have food allergies.  A written doctor’s excuse needs to be submitted for school lunch purposes. This doctor’s excuse will allow the cafeteria to provide an alternate meal when necessary.  If your child has an epipen, it must remain on the school’s campus at all times.

Immunizations
If your child takes additional shots during the school year, please send a copy of the updated shot records to school with your child.  It will be placed in his or her file.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Special Education

SPED Pre-K Assessment Team at Truman Early Childhood Education Center (200 Clara Street):

* All LPSS Employees E-Mail Addresses end with @lpssonline.com * 

Leslie Jaubert, Educational Diagnostician 
Debbie Brown, Speech Therapist
Cindy Hebert, Social Worker
Donna Fils, Social Worker
Dana Garrett, Speech Therapist
Dedra Buddecke, School Psychologist
Sandra Johnson, SPED Para Professional
337-521-7226
337-521-7226
337-521-7250
337-521-7239
337-521-7226
337-521-7226
337-521-7226
lajaubert@
dlbrown@
cslopez@
dmfils@
dtgarrett@
dtbuddecke@
sjohnson@

We offer educational evaluation services for children ages three through five years not enrolled in Kindergarten who may have special needs.

Our goal is to provide information to parents and educators which will assist in future educational programming.  The following information is a brief explanation of the evaluation process.

Upon receipt of a Child-Search form, you will be scheduled for an interview with a social worker.  The referral process is completed at the interview when you give written permission for the evaluation to begin.


Parental Interview
During the interview with the social worker, you will be encouraged to share your concerns.  You will also be asked questions about your child’s medical and developmental history and how your child functions in different settings.  Your child will then be scheduled to be seen on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the following week.  It is important that we see your child over several sessions in order to obtain a complete picture of what he or she is able to do.
 
Evaluation
Your child will be observed and tested in a play setting at S. J. Montgomery by our certified professional staff including specialists in social work, educational diagnostics, school psychology and speech, hearing and language disorders.
 
The multidisciplinary team is supported by a teaching assistant.  Services of audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school nurses and other disciplines are utilized according to your child’s individual needs.
 
The staff may determine that your child would benefit from additional evaluation days and these will be scheduled for a later date.
 
While your child is being assessed, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and observe parts of the evaluation of your child.  Due to space limitations, persons other than parents will be asked to remain in the waiting room during the evaluation process.
 
Your child’s evaluation coordinator (a member of the evaluation team) will be introduced to you on your Wednesday visit.  Please feel free to contact the coordinator if you have any questions, concerns or additional information about your child that you would like to share.
 
When the written report is completed, you will be asked to return to the center where the coordinator will go over the report with you and address any of your questions and concerns.

 

FAMILY AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Northside High School

We offer a program at Northside High School that can help high school students remain in school and receive child care for their children 6 weeks through 4 years on the school campus. To participate in this program, a student must enroll at Northside High and register to take the Child Development/Parenting classes.   Call 521-7026 for more information or see brochure.

 

Early Childhood Department- Pre-Kindergarten Staff

* All LPSS Employees E-Mail Addresses end with @lpssonline.com *

Christine Duay, Director
Aritha Lewis, Secretary II
Jeniece Gerard, Secretary I
Kim Domingue, Account Clerk I
Rachel LeBlanc, SPED Secretary
Alisa Wallace, Itinerant Teacher
Alta Marks, Resource Coordinator
Anne Angelle, Itinerant Teacher
Brenda Poché, Infant Interventionist
Emmy Mouton, EC Network Coordinator
Ginger Walker, SPED Resource Coordinator
Jamie Toups, Infant Interventionist
Jennifer Jones, CCR&R Trainer/Technical Assistant
Kaly Barlow, CCR&R Trainer/Technical Assistant
Karen Young, Resource Coordinator
Kathaline Crowley, Resource Coordinator
Kim Bourgeois, Resource Coordinator
Lawanda Sinegal, Resource Coordinator
Layna Benson Christ, Infant Interventionist
Leah Arceneaux, Social Worker/ Resource Coordinator
Leah Lormand, Resource Coordinator
Lisa Duplechain, Itinerant Teacher
Lynn Moroux, Infant Interventionist
Melanie Carroll, Resource Coorindator/Itinerant Teacher
Moniqua Thevis, Resource Coordinator
Paula Granger, Supervisor, CCR&R
Rutanya Young, Resource Coordinator
Sadie Boudreaux, Resource Coordinator
Shannon Bernard, Resource Coordinator
337-521-7161
337-521-7162
337-521-7134
337-521-7163
337-521-7135
337-521-7135
337-521-7162
337-521-7135
337-521-7135
337-521-7137
337-521-7135
337-521-7135
337-521-7177
337-521-7177
337-521-7162
337-521-7026
337-521-7026
337-521-7026
337-521-7135
337-521-7162
337-521-7026
337-521-7135
337-521-7135
337-521-7135
337-521-7162
337-521-7282
337-521-8812
337-521-8812
337-521-7026
cmduay@
amlewis@
jwgerard@
kdcormier@
rleblanc@
acwallace@
ammarks@
atangelle@
brpoche@
ermouton@
glwalker@
jttoups@
jgjones@
kebarlow@
kdyoung@
klcrowley@
kcbourgeois@
lcsinegal@
lebenson@
llarceneaux@
lglormand@
lfduplechain@
ljmoroux@
mcarroll@
nlthevis@
phgranger@
rmyoung@
sdboudreaux@
spbernard@

 



ON TRACK BY 5 ALLIANCE

Vermilion Conference Center
Rooms 103 and 105
326 Gauthier Road
Lafayette, LA  70501

ON TRACK by 5 Alliance (formerly Success by 5 AlIiance) is a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) for early childhood services. ON TRACK by 5 Alliance is the local CCR&R Agency, contracted by the Louisiana Department of Education. The Agency operates within the Lafayette Parish School System, as a Division of the Early Childhood Department.  For more information:  www.ontrackby5.com


* All LPSS Employees E-Mail Addresses end with @lpssonline.com *   

Paula Granger, Supervisor
Kaly Barlow, Trainer/Technical Assistant
Jennifer Jones, Trainer/Technical Assistant
Jeneice Gerard, Secretary
337-521-7134
337-521-7177
337-521-7177
337-521-7134
phgranger@lpssonline.com
kebarlow@lpssonline.com
jgjones@lpssonline.com
jwgerard@lpssonline.com