Quality Start Louisiana

School Readiness Tax Credits

Parents Are Even Eligible For Special New Tax Credits.

When you send your child to a Quality Start rated child care center, you’re not only giving your child the best possible care, you’re also entitled to a special new tax credit – the School Readiness Tax Credit. This is a tax credit especially for taxpayers with children who are under the age of 6 and are enrolled in a child care center that has earned at least 2 stars in Louisiana's Quality Start program. The amount of the tax credit will increase with the number of stars that the child care center has earned. The SRTC adds to your existing state child care tax credit as follows:

Quality Rating of Child Care Facility Percent Increase to Louisiana Child Care Tax Credit
Five Star 200%
Four Star 150%
Three Star 100%
Two Star 50%
One Star or not participating in Quality Start 0%

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