The Sabine Parish Early Childhood Network (ECN), under the direction of Early Childhood Director Bridget Corley, was recognized as the Louisiana Department of Education’s top performing early childhood network for the academic year 2021-2022. Sabine’s ECN is comprised of prekindergarten classrooms in each school community as well as four additional classes serving children from birth to age four at Faithlynn’s Learning Academy in Many, LA. For the 2021-2022 school year, Sabine’s Early Childhood Network earned the highest possible rating, “Excellent,” with an overall score of 6.00, the highest awarded score in the state of Louisiana for last school year.
Based on The Early Childhood Education Act established by the state legislature in 2012, all publicly funded early childhood programs are rated on a scale from 1-7. The accompanying ratings range from Unsatisfactory (1.00-2.99) and Approaching Proficient (3.00-4.49) for underperforming sites to Proficient (4.50-5.24), High Proficient (5.25-5.99), and Excellent (6.00-7.00) for those sites performing on and above target. The ratings are based on rigorous observations conducted by trained, reliable early childhood educators using the nationally renowned Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool.
This past year, all early childhood programs in Sabine Parish scored in the highest three tiers of the state’s accountability system. Three of our school based ECE classes earned the highest possible rating, “Excellent,” at Converse, Many Elementary, and Negreet Schools. Of those, both Converse and Negreet earned a top ten-school site designation by the Louisiana Department of Education. Four of Sabine’s ECE sites earned a “High Proficient” rating. Those sites were Ebarb, Pleasant Hill, Zwolle Elementary, and Faithlynn’s Learning Academy. Florien School earned a Proficient rating.
Mr. Shane Wright, Sabine Parish Schools’ Superintendent, stated, “I am extremely proud of the success of our early childhood network. It is an honor to congratulate all Sabine Parish Pre-K teachers and staff on this great accomplishment. Their hard work and dedication to serving our youngest learners is unparalleled. The foundation of their program cannot be underestimated as it has lasting effects on the educational success of all students served.”