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Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS)

  • Community Resource in Acadiana

The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten Program is to provide high-quality, developmentally-appropriate pre-kindergarten classes, before-school and after-school enrichment activities (based on funding & interest) to four-year old children who are eligible to enter public school the following year.  The Lafayette Parish School System’s Early Childhood Programs provide students with academic, cultural and artistic experiences that prepare them for the learning environment in and beyond.

Lafayette Parish School System does not offer universal Pre-K 4.  We currently service about 1/3 of our kindergarten population.  Most of our funding comes from the LA-4, Title I, and 8(g) grants.  Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch have priority based on grant guidelines.  Other students are required to pay tuition.

Local Pre-K programs adhere to the developmental philosophy as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Developmentally-appropriate practices have proven to be effective in early childhood education.  Inherent in this philosophy is the provision of a child-centered program directed toward the development of cognitive, social, emotional, language and literacy, and motor skills in a manner and at a pace consistent with the needs and capabilities of the individual child.

The years between 3 and 6 are not only the prime time for laying an academic foundation, but most importantly, the years when a child learns the ground rules of human behavior most easily. These are the years to help a child in preparing to take his/her place in society through the acquisition of good habits and manners.

Call 337-521-7162

Practice Address

326 Gauthier Road
Lafayette, LA 70501

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    Resource Type(s)

  • Community Resource

    Ages Served

  • 18 and under

    Payment(s) Accepted

  • No Cost

    Zip Codes

  • 70501


  • Assessments for Special Education/Addtl Dev. Services for Children ages 3 and up

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Other Notes


    In order to improve Early Childhood care and education throughout the parish, the Lafayette Parish School System, NSECD, Type III Early Learning Centers (Childcare), Head Start and Early Head Start have joined together to raise the level of expectations and birth-to-five standards to promote kindergarten readiness.

    Before registration, you will need to enroll for an early childhood program ( ). This is the first step to getting your child into a Lafayette Parish School System Pre-K class. You will receive an email with directions about Pre-K registration once Early Childhood has received and accepted your application.


    REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL YOU HAVE APPLIED ONLINE TO ENROLL FOR PRE-K (see above). If you have been accepted into a Schools-of-Choice program, you will still need to apply for Pre-K.

    Original Birth Certificate
    Social Security Card
    Up-to-Date Shot Records
    Parents’ Proof of Income (two consecutive pay stubs, food stamp printout, SSI, child support, etc.)
    Parents’ Proof of Address (light, gas, or water bill/receipt in parent’s name) or a Verification of Residence document along with the utility bill of the person with whom you are residing.
    Legal Documents (if child is not living with parent(s)