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Dear ECELP Families,
Welcome back! Happy New Year!

I would like to reflect on our journey last year as we often do at this time of year. At the outset of this pandemic when other child care centers and facilities closed their doors, we maintained our commitment to your children and our families through zoom calls and virtual office hours. This practice not only eased your child’s transition back to school when we reopened in June, but it also allowed our teachers to keep working when many of their colleagues across our state and nation were laid off. Your outpour of support for your teachers was heard and felt; we are so appreciative.
While tough times are still ahead, let’s take a moment to reflect on the “wins” from last year.
  • Re-opened this summer, providing a safe environment for young children and staff.
  • Adhered to strict protocols for cleaning, classroom quarantine, and health exclusions to reduce     exposure for young children and staff.
  • Maintained high standards for teachers and teaching assistants – 100% of staff earned the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate, with 87% lead teachers holding a bachelor’s degree.
  • Transitioned to the ProCare digital platform to streamline check in.
  • Adopted the ProCare daily note to include photos with communication about your child’s day.
  • Secured federal funding for student families attending the ECELP.
  • Maintained NAEYC teacher: child ratios to provide the highest level of care for young children.
  • Established the Early Childhood Education Institute, to maximize research on recommended     practices in early childhood care and education.
We are so happy to welcome your children back to the center and hope you had a wonderful holiday break. We continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep children and staff save as we continue in Phase II. This includes adhering to our combined classrooms in order to minimize the need for bringing in outside personnel into the center, maintaining classroom quarantining, frequent cleaning throughout the day, and health exclusions in accordance with both CDC and LA OPH guidelines. We know that closures are problematic, but we are committed to keeping your children safe and healthy during our current circumstances.

Modified Operating Hours. As we continue in modified Phase II, the restrictions regarding visitors remain the same. We are continuing to adhere to our modified operating hours of 7:30 AM-4:15 PM. This is in alignment with licensing mandates, which prohibit us from having additional people in the building.
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Virtual Open House

Tell your friends about our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 27th at noon. Zoom link on 
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Annual Enrollment 

As part of our 2021-2022 enrollment, we will be sending an electronic "intent to return" notice shortly.

Health Exclusion Policy. Please review the Pandemic Health Precautions & Procedures document. At this time, we must exclude any child who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19; however the criteria now has shifted to "symptom free and fever free with no medication for 24 hours" in order to return to school. We do require that your child either have a COVID-19 test or have a note from a doctor stating that there is an alternative diagnosis and a COVID-19 test is not warranted. We appreciate your patience as we adhere to our health exclusion criteria in order to keep children and staff safe and healthy.
ECELP Covid-19 Resources & Updates
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Scholastic Online

Interested in purchasing books for you child? Visit Scholastic Book Club online for age-appropriate selections that are shipped right to your door. This also serves as a fund raiser for us to continually replenish our school library. 
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Book Award

The ECELP was the recipient of a grant for new books from the EBR Library. These will be added to our new library.
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Teacher of the Month

We would like to recognize one of our new staff, Courtney Stevenson, as January "Teacher of the Month". Courtney is truly a team player who assists wherever she is needed.  Originally from Graham, Washington, Courtney earned a BS in Psychology and BA in Human Development with a certification in Child & Family Studies from Washington State University.She has been working with children since 2013 and believes that children learn best in a positive and consistent environment, and that her job as an educator is to help children grow, learn, and discover. We are thankful to have Ms. Courtney as part of the ECELP team!

Want to see what the children have been doing?? - Follow the LSU Early Childhood Program on Facebook


As of January 4, 46 donors (26%) have given $9,378 in gifts and pledges of our goal of 45% participation.
There is still time to participate - Click the Tiger Tot link, above.

Staying in Touch

We are here to serve you! You can reach out to us through the ECELP website.
Administrative Team
Have a question about FACTS/Tuition?
Email Celeste Smith
What is my child eating at school? Check out our menu on the website under quick links.

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