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UL Lafayette Picard Center's Ancillary Certificate Program

Moving Good Teachers to Great Practice

The UL Lafayette Picard Center's Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program is a certification program through which teachers and professionals can earn their Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate, a professional credential for teachers working in early learning centers. The Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate can be earned by completing our BESE-approved program and submitting a completed application to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). Beginning on July 1, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current or be earning an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate as a minimum credential. 

Our Mission

The UL Lafayette Picard Center's Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program seeks to improves the lives of Louisiana's children and families by preparing teachers to develop and apply high-quality, evidence-based educational practices in their classrooms each day. Our instruction is aligned with the core values of the National Association for the Education and Care of Yong Children (NAEYC) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) to achieve the goals and objective of our state's leadership agency, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). 

What Makes Our Program Special

Our flexible, three-course program revolves around four basic goals--assess children's needs, plan effective and fun instructional activities, always teach purposefully, and continuously reflect on your progress. Our program is rooted in a problem-solving approach by which teachers apply new skills and knowledge to the daily events that occur in their classrooms.

Our program offers the following:

  • Easy to access
  • Flexible hybrid courses (mostly online with some in-class participation)
  • Work at your own pace
  • In-person, real-world mentoring 
  • Chromebooks provided for the duration of your program
  • Access to materials in an early childhood lab
  • CLASS™ training included
  • Beginning to Advanced instruction on TeachingStrategies GOLD®
  • Curriculum-Based Decision Making (CBDM), a tool for helping teachers systematically monitor children’s learning
  • World-class instructors
  • Become an expert at your curriculum
  • No books! Only open-source materials

Why UL Lafayette?

We are your neighbors, your local professionals, and your hometown university. We boast our Cajun pride! We understand the unique needs of Louisiana's families, teachers, and children and are committed to helping you provide great childcare in our community. Our program is led by three experts in early childhood education and development, who live locally and are available to you!

Interested in a Scholarship?

You may qualify for a scholarship for our program through LA Pathways. Click here for qualifying information

Meet Your Instructors

Anjenette Holmes, M.S., Ed.S. Paula Zeanah, Ph.D., RN, PNP TBD
Course 1: Professional Foundations Course 2: Mental and Physical Health and Well-Being: Infancy to Pre-K Course 3: Instructional Strategies and Environmental Enhancements in Early Childhood

Cell: (337) 281-9123

Office: (337) 482-1095


Phone: (337) 482-1552


Phone: (337) 482-1095


Contact Us

Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development & Lifelong Learning
200 E. Devalcourt Street
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: (337) 482-1567