Dept. of Education proposes new child care rules
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education has proposed a new set of rules for child care centers as part of the state's effort to overhaul its pre-K system.
According to the agency, the rules changes are intended to give educators more time to focus on child development and learning.
A Thursday news release from Superintendent of Education John White said the proposed regulations will also serve to ensure that preschool children are cared for and taught by qualified, competent and trustworthy individuals while health and safety requirements are maintained.
The revised rules are set to be reviewed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during its next meeting on Dec. 2-3.
Regulators hope that the changes to the guidelines for pre-K institutions will fix issues with a 2012 state law that critics claimed left the system with standards that were too widely varied and resulted in uneven quality of care and education at child care centers throughout the state.