Beginning with Babies was a Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ pilot program to identify the essential components necessary to implement high-quality infant/toddler care in Louisiana.
The pilot program aimed to improve the quality of care provided to children from birth to 36 months by offering tailored technical assistance, monitoring and professional development training to infant/toddler teachers with up to 120 hours of instruction. In addition, a collection of demographic data and parent satisfaction surveys will be collected to glean information on these necessary components.
A statewide summit was held in the spring to identify, celebrate and recommend next steps as Louisiana’s child care stakeholders move forward to enhance high-quality efforts. With rigorous evaluation and emphasis on individualized staff development, the Beginning with Babies pilot program findings will improve quality infant and toddler care in the state.