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LSU Alexandria Children's Center earns fourth quality star

Released: 06/15/2012

LSU Alexandria's Children’s Center has been awarded its fourth star in Louisiana’s Quality Start Child Care Rating System, just six months after earning its third star.

According to the Quality Start Website, LSUA's center is one of approximately 100 centers in the state to have earned a rating of four or five stars. It is one of only two centers in Rapides Parish with the four-star rating. The three to five star rating in this system indicates that the center provides quality child care based on staff qualifications and the Environment Rating Scales. Quality Start is a voluntary program for licensed child care centers, designed to recognize, support and increase the quality of child care throughout Louisiana. Participating centers can earn up to five stars.

Parents who send a child to a Quality Start rated child care center, provide their child the best possible care, and also are entitled to a special tax credit – the School Readiness Tax Credit. This is a tax credit especially for taxpayers with children who are under the age of 6 and are enrolled in a child care center that has earned at least 2 stars in Louisiana's Quality Start program. The amount of the tax credit increases with the number of stars that the child care center has earned. The attainment of this Four-Star Rating allows LSUA Children's Center parents to claim a 150% tax credit on their state tax return for 2012.

The LSUA Children's Center opened in 1999 to serve the children of students, faculty and staff. The center may also be utilized as a learning lab for early childhood education, developmental psychology and pediatric nursing classes. The center was established with private funding through the LSUA Foundation and is supported through private gifts and a student fee supported by LSUA students.

For more information about the LSUA Children's Center, contact Susan Richerson at 318-473-6484.