Louisiana

Overall Policy Lever Score

3

The qualifications for directors in child care licensing minimally require a CDA plus one year experience or three years of experience plus 90 clock hours of approved training. The director credential is also a combination of clock-hour training and experience. Louisiana’s QRIS, Quality Start, is based on a point system for the top three levels. In order to earn the highest number of points, child care directors must have an associate degree, six semester hours in administration, and 5 years of administrative experience. Pre-K certification is available for elementary school principals and pre-K course content is required.

Interesting Facts: Louisiana

  • There is an alternative pathway for principal preparation that requires a bachelor’s degree.

  • Family child care programs are exempt from licensure in Louisiana

  • Nicholls State University offers an associate degree in child care management and preschool management.