SMILE - Lafayette

1105 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506

Phone: 337-593-9994
Fax: 337-593-9030

Hours of Operation
8:00am - 3:00pm

Ages Serve
Pregnant women, children 0-3 years old

Center Capacity

Network Mission Statement
The Lafayette Parish Early Childhood Network in collaboration with stakeholders are committed to reaching all at-risk children from infant to age five, ensuring a high-quality, inclusive educational setting.

Network Goal
All children enter Kindergarten ready to learn.

Center Mission Statement
SMILE Community Action Agency empowers people and communities for economic independence through education, human and social services.

Center Vision
Embracing a commitment to provide the highest quality of comprehensive services to children through collaboration with families, staff, and community, in order to ensure school readiness and successful achievement of life goals.

Family income at or below poverty level; 10% of families above poverty level; Ages: Birth up to 3 before September 30th

Documentation Needed
Birth Certificate or Hospital Certificate; Updated Universal Shot Record; Proof of Income (W-2, 1040, award letter, etc.); Medical Card (if applicable)

Services for Children with Special Needs
Services provided as prescribed on an IFSP or an IEP.

Staff Credentials
Early Childhood Development Teachers - Bachelor's or Associates Degree in Early Childhood or related degree, Staff participates yearly in various professional development trainings to further their education.

The curriculum is based on the Louisiana Department of Education's Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards; Creative Curriculum

Teaching Strategies GOLD; CLASS Observation

Lafayette Parish Early Childhood Community Network

In order to improve Early Childhood care and education throughout the parish, the 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.