Public School Pre-K | 4 Year Olds


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LPSS Pre-K contains classrooms within the school district that are funded by LA4, 8G, Title 1 and Special Education grants. This program provides daily education to 4 year olds in Lafayette Parish and follows the school system calendar. The grants first service children within the income guidelines on a per child basis in their home zone if available. Due to limited seats in home zones, Truman Early Childhood Education Center accommodates up to 500 overflow students from most zones. Transportation is also provided.


Northside Family and Child Development Center This program is available to teen parents in the Lafayette Parish School System to recieve child care for their children 6 weeks through 4 years old on the school campus. To participate in the program, the student must enroll at Northside High School and register to take the Child Development/Parenting classes.

Nonpublic Schools of Early Childhood Development (NSECD) | 4 Year Olds

The Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program provides low-income families the opportunity to attend state-approved private preschools and child care centers. The program provides six hours of daily instruction and up to four hours of before- and after-school care.

The NSECD program is a pre-kindergarten program that provides free tuition at private schools for four year olds from low- and moderate-income families. In Lafayette Parish, there are two sites offering these services. Visit the NSECD website for more information, including income requirements and a list of participating schools.

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Gethsemane Christian Academy

Holy Family Catholic School

Head Start | 3-4 Year Olds

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children three to five years of age in low-income families. Its aim is to prepare children for success in school through an early learning program. The Head Start program is managed by local nonprofit organizations. Children who attend Head Start engage in various education activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. Head Start helps all children succeed, even those with disabilities. For more information, visit the Head Start website.

Head Start provides children with work that helps them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The staff in these programs recognizes parents as the first and most important teachers of their children. They welcome parental involvement in the programs and will work as partners to help both the parent and child progress.

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Prime Time Head Start at Willow Street

Prime Time Head Start at Immaculate Heart

Early Head Start | 0-3 Year Olds

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded early childhood development program aimed to assist at risk, low-income families. Children and families enrolled in the center-based program option receive comprehensive child development services in a center-based setting, supplemented with home visits by the child's teacher and other EHS staff. The home-based program option offers children and families support through weekly home visits and bi-monthly group socialization experiences. EHS also serves children through locally designed family child care options, in which certified child care providers care for children in their homes. For more information, visit the Head Start website .

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United Way of Acadiana Lafayette Early Learning Center

Prime Time Head Start at Willow Street

Prime Time Head Start at Immaculate Heart

Type III Early Learning Centers | 0-5 Year Olds


These centers have committed to working with other early care and education providers to raise the level of standards and expectations for children birth to 5. This is accomplished through additional training, following the Louisiana Department of Education Birth to 5 Standards, teachers are observed using the CLASS assessments and all at-risk children are monitored using Teaching Strategies Gold Assessments.

Child Care Assistance Program

This program, run by the Louisiana Department of Education, helps low- and moderate-income families pay for the child care they need in order to work or attend school or training. Monthly payments are based on the number of hours the parents work or attend school or training, the amount charged by the child care provider, family size and household income. Parents can select any Type III Early Learning Center that participates in the program. For more information about the program, including eligibility information and instructions on how to apply, visit the LDE CCAP website. You can even apply online!

The Early Childhood Guide Facilitator can also assist families with applying for Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Sarah Downs, Early Childhood Guide Facilitator

(o) 337-521-7140 (e)

Office | Vermilion Conference Center - Room 103

Address | 326 Gauthier Road, Lafayette, LA 70501

Hours | 7:30 am -11:30 am 12:30 pm- 4:30 pm

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A-Bears Kids Only Preschool

Archie's ABC Learning Center

Babineaux's Kiddie Kare

BG's Blessings Daycare

Brilliant Minds Academy

Catina's Daycare Center

Christina Learning Center

Close to Home Daycare

Creative Learning Preschool and Childcare

Divine Treasures Development Center

Doodlebugs Early Childhood Development Center

For My Child Learning Center

Gethsemane LaPetite Early Childhood Development Center

Gifted Early Learning Academy - Broussard

Gifted Early Learning Academy - Lafayette

Great Start Learning Academy

Holy Family Catholic School * 3 Year Olds Only

Kid City Daycare & Preschool

Kids Only II of Lafayette

Kids Only III of Lafayette

Learning Express Child Development Center

Lil Angel Daycare

Little Blessings Childcare and Preschool

Little Blessings of Broussard

Little Blessings of Milton

Little Blessings of West Lafayette

Little Blessings of Youngsville

Little Miracle's Child Development Center

Little Oaks Learning Center

Little Ones Love to Learn

Love Early Learning Center

Miles of Smiles Childcare

Mimi's Preschool

New Horizon Community Development Center

Nite Owls Childcare, LLC

Precious Heart Childcare

Principal's List Preschool - Lafayette

Principal's List Preschool - Sugar Mill Pond

Principal's List Preschool - Youngsville

Rosa's Child Development Center

Rosa's Infants & Toddlers Centers

Small World Daycare

Sugar 'N Spice Acadiana's Preschool

Sugar 'N Spice Broussard's Preschool

Sugar 'N Spice Carencro's Preschool

Sugar 'N Spice Youngsville's Preschool

The Honor Roll Preschool Inc

The Learning Tree Preschool

The Woodlands Learning Barn LLC

Truman Day Care and Learning Center

University of Louisiana Lafayette Child Development Center

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