Quality Start Louisiana


They Are The Real Stars Of Our Program.

As parents, you want the very best for your children. That’s what Quality Start is all about. When you choose a Quality Start member child care center, you know you are choosing a center that is among the finest in the state. Quality Start is a voluntary program for licensed child care centers, designed to recognize, support, and increase the quality of child care throughout Louisiana. Participating centers can earn up to five stars. Quality Start also offers training and incentives to child care providers to help increase their rating. Important new quarterly bonuses and tax credits are also available to parents who choose a Quality Start center.

Why Should I Choose A Quality Start Child Care Center?

  1. Research shows quality child care can improve your child's well-being including their readiness for school.
  2. Child care centers who participate are showing parents their commitment to providing quality child care.
  3. On your tax return, your family may qualify for the annual School Readiness Tax Credit based on the star rating of your child care center, your family income and your child’s age.

Where Can I Get More Information?

  • Contact the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services - Child Development and Early Learning Section at (225) 342-0694 or 1-800-680-9098.
  • To find the Child Care Resource and Referral agency in your region visit www.laccrra.org.

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