Early Childhood Department

Early Childhood Department

Mrs. Cindy Rushing

Mission: 

Every child in the Rapides Early Childhood Network (RECN) is prepared to enter Kindergarten, and in turn, more children are positioned for success in the early elementary grades and beyond.


  1. Goal 1: Ensure all Early Childhood programs have access to a high quality Tier 1 curricula and assessments aligned to the rigor of Louisiana’s Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) as evidenced by an increase of 10 percent in the number of students meeting or exceeding the Pre-K index for literacy and math on Teaching Strategies GOLD, the online portfolio system by 2025.

  2. Goal 2: Provide intentional, customized, meaningful professional development based on the identified needs to enhance the overall teaching and learning as evidenced by an increase of 10 percent in the number of students meeting or exceeding the Pre-K index for literacy and math on Teaching Strategies GOLD, the online portfolio system by 2025.

  3. Goal 3: Coach and support early childhood staff and school administration in promoting  high-quality teacher-student interactions as evidenced by increasing the district accountability score with the Rapides Performance Profile from 5.22 to 5.75 by 2025.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Department

  1. Goal 1: Each year a minimum of 75% of ECSE students will score within the blue progression band in ELA and math on at least 15 out of 19 Teaching Strategies Gold Objectives/ Dimensions by the May Checkpoint.

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