Frequently Asked Questions

Natchitoches Parish Pre-K programs are designed to prepare children for school by offering a range of experiences based on early learning standards. They offer a balance of activities, including active and quiet times, large and small group activities, center times, indoor and outdoor play times, and child-initiated and teacher-directed activities.Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Care and Education programs are designed to prepare children for school by offering a range of experiences based on Louisiana Early Learning Development Standards.  They offer a balance of activities, including active and quiet times, large and small group activities, center times, indoor and outdoor play times, and child-initiated and teacher-directed activities.
Public School Pre-K Programs
Participants must be four years old before September 30th.
L.P. Vaughn Early Learning Center provides services to two and three year olds.

Head Start Programs
Students must be three years old in order to attend

Childcare Centers
Centers serve children 0 – 12 yrs of age

Public School Pre-K and Head Start Programs                                                                                             Participants may attend at No cost to families. Breakfast and lunch charges may apply if a student does not qualify for free or reduces meals.

Childcare Centers
Cost may vary

Public School Pre-K Programs
Transportation is provided for all public school students who are enrolled in their correct school zone.

Head Start Programs
Families must provide transportation to students who attend Head Start programs.

Childcare Centers
Some childcare centers provide transportation (check centers for transportation info.)

Public School Pre-K and Head Start Programs
These programs operate Monday through Friday (a minimum of 7 hours per day) and run the length of the school year.

Childcare Centers
Days and hours will vary

Public School Pre-K Programs
The classroom maximum is 20 children. The adult to student ratio minimum is no more than 1:10. Each classroom has at least one teacher and one instructional assistant.

Head Start Programs and Childcare Centers

Ages of Children Ratio Maximum Group Size
Infants under 1 year 5:1 15
1 year 7:1 21
2 years 11:1 22
3 years 13:1 26
4 years 15:1 30
5 years 19:1 38
6 years and up 23:1 46

*Classroom ratios may be lower for children with special needs.

Public School Pre-K Programs
1.    A student must attend the school located in the school zone of his/her residence.
2.    School attendance outside the school zone of legal residence shall require the approval of the Superintendent or authorized personnel.
3.    The Board of Education is obligated to provide student transportation only to the assigned school in the zone of legal residence.
4.    Students with disabilities who have an IEP shall attend school as part of a placement decision made by members of the student’s IEP team.

Head Start Programs and Childcare Centers
NO ZONING REQUIREMENTS

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