The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development is a research center comprised of a multidisciplinary group of evaluation and research professionals who focus on science-based innovation in practice and policy with the goal of producing substantially larger impacts on the learning capacity, health, and economic and social mobility of young children. Our research is focused on the following areas of early childhood study: education, development, health and mental health, assessment and evaluation, and early intervention and prevention programs. Our overall goal is to ensure a prosperous and healthy future for children and families in Louisiana.
The mission of the Picard Center is to improve the lives of Louisiana’s children and families by advancing knowledge and informing policy in the areas of early childhood education, physical and mental health and well-being, quality of life, and workforce development.
Our vision at the Picard Center is to be recognized as a research center that enhances the lives of all children and families.
Our work includes:
- Data collection from primary and secondary sources
- Cutting-edge applied research
- Professional development for education practitioners
- Community-based research, professional development and technical assistance
- Active collaboration with traditional and nontraditional educational partners
- Information dissemination
- Active mentoring of new scholars
The Picard Center is always working diligently to stay at the forefront of research in order to better the lives of children and adults across Acadiana and the U.S. Currently, $4.4 million has been generated in external grant funds for research at the Picard Center, and $2.35 million is currently outstanding as pending grant funds for external research support.
At the heart of our research are Louisiana's families, children, and communities. Our mission is reflected in the work we do here at the Picard Center, and our work has touched the lives of many youths and families, ranging from Nurse-Family partnerships, to toddler and Pre-K children, to families affected by incarceration.