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If you would have told me a year ago that we would be in the middle of a pandemic, after a major hurricane, and have experienced two air conditioning outages, I would not have believed you...

To say that this has been a challenging year is an understatement, and we share in your frustration. Please know that with each setback we are problem solving on how to prevent/manage issues in the future. 

COVID-19 procedures. We are closely monitoring the health and safety policies of our governing agencies (i.e., Louisiana Department of Education, Office of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and LSU Emergency Operations Center) in order to keep both children and staff safe.  We are in touch with directors of other centers and know that we are fortunate to be experiencing much less incidence of COVID-19 from either children or staff. Our policies and procedure, while frustrating at times, are working and keeping everyone safe.
Mandatory Vaccinations
LSU communicated before the storm with its employees and students about the vaccination mandate. With the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19, the University is authorized to require students to get the COVID-19 immunizations. I am writing to let you know how this impacts ECELP.

Like all LSU faculty and staff, ECELP teachers and staff will be required to vaccinate or have an approved reason for a waiver. As you know, we also employ LSU students and graduate assistants at ECELP. They will also be required to vaccinate or have an approved reason for waiver. Any teacher, staff or LSU student who submits a waiver will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis.

Proactive Measures + Communication
As part of our strategy to keep teachers and children safe, we will continue to require masks and take the previously shared safety measures. The University has waste water monitoring for early detection of COVID-19. The ECELP is one of these sites - you may visit this page on the LSU COVID-19 Roadmap site to see our status. We are listed at the bottom of the page under "LSU Preschool". We also provide a link to the wastewater page website under the "COVID-19 Update" tab >> ECELP Pandemic Health Precautions & Procedures >> LSU Wastewater Testing. In the near future, we will be adding a COVID-tracker for incidence of COVID at ECELP.

Storm communication. Please note that we follow LSU's messaging regarding closures. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. We are exploring different text and automated phone call solutions to reach you as quickly and directly as possible when emergencies and/or closures occur. Once our administrative team chooses the best platform, please stay tuned for future communication on procedures.

Air conditioning. After having roughly 5 years with no AC issues, we share in your frustration with the two (seemingly consecutive) closures due to AC outages. After our initial outage, we had an alarm installed on our AC to prevent our discovering an issue when we arrive in the morning. In the most recent situation, we did check the building immediately following the storm and again on Saturday to ensure that we had power and that the AC was functioning. Unfortunately, this outage occurred after that check. We are currently working with Facility Services on procedures that will eliminate the need for last-minute closures. As mentioned in the storm communication section, we hope our new systems for closure announcements and updates will assist your family in making the burdensome, yet necessary arrangements when closure is necessary.

We know that you have choices in your child's care and education and thank you for entrusting your children to us. We are working hard to remain transparent and proactive as we know you need information to make sound decisions for your families. 
Executive Director
ECELP Covid-19 Resources & Updates

Teacher of the Month -  Ursula Pursley

We would like to recognize Ms. Ursula as our Teacher of the Month. She received an Early Childhood diploma from Baton Rouge Community College and continually takes courses in child development. Ms. Ursula has worked in the field of early care and development since 1990 and says she has, "had the pleasure of watching children grow and discover the world around them." She likes knowing that she played a small part in their growth and development. Ms. Ursula is committed to infant education and recently passed her Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) reliability training. 

We are fortunate to have Ms.Ursula as part of the ECELP team!

PAC Update

Back to School Restaurant Night

Join the ECELP’s Parent Auxiliary Council for Give Back Night on Thursday, September 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.! The Parent Auxiliary Council is partnering with Frutta Bowls and Fat Boy’s Pizza for a Give Back Night supporting ECELP.  Meet the ECELP families, staff and teachers while enjoying dinner.  15-20% of proceeds will be donated back to ECELP. We hope to see you and your family there! 
For more information, please contact 

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Rachele Hardy is the Resource Development Specialist for EBR Early Childhood Community Network and can assist families in applying for CCAP funds. 

She can be reached at  225-975-3962 or
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Staying in Touch

We are here to serve you! You can reach out to us through the ECELP website.

Administrative Team

Have an issue with ProCare?
Have a question about FACTS/Tuition?
Email Celeste Smith
Need information on the ECELP program? Please see the ECELP website for the school calendar, family handbook, and lunch menu.
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