ECELP COVID-19 Updates

ECELP COVID-19 Updates

This page has been established to provide resources, tips and information for parents and students that will be useful during the COVID-19 related closure. The page will be updated regularly.

Louisiana Department of Education COVID-19 Updates

LSU Coronavirus Updates & Information

Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school. This includes all families attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. To receive these benefits, families must complete an application by going here.

TIKES Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Need support caring for young children during the COVID-19 pandemic?

TIKES Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is providing mental health consultation (MHC) services via telephone or a telehealth web-based platform during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

What is Mental Health Consultation (MHC)?

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) is an intervention that teams a mental health professional with early childhood professionals to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of young children in early learning settings.

Who Can Request a TeleMHC Call?

Any individual associated with a Type I, II, or III child care center, family child care (FCC) providers, or child care respite sites. Individuals include teachers, directors, owners, parents or others caring for young children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are able to assist individuals with issues related to:

  • Child behavior and social-emotional concerns
  • Supporting children during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Self-care
  • Stress and coping
  • Director, Teacher, and Parent Concerns
  • Other concerns as needed

How to Contact a Consultant

Please complete the request form available at this website.  A consultant will contact you as soon as possible. 

*This service is paid through the Louisiana Department of Education and is available for FREE to those who call in.

Dear ECELP Family,

In light of the Governor’s proclamation, and in the interest of health safety in regard to our students and staff, ECELP will be closed Friday, March 13, at 5:15 p.m. through April 12. We will resume services on April 13. 

Administration will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide operational updates, as necessary.

Students, parents, and staff are urged to remain vigilant in their efforts to stay healthy. For the latest information and updates, please visit the LSU Coronavirus website.

Thank you for your cooperation as we ensure that ECELP is safe and healthy.

Cynthia F. DiCarlo, PhD
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Executive Director, Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool 
W.H.”Bill” LeBlanc LSU Alumni Association Departmental Endowed Professorship
School of Education
College of Human Sciences & Education
Louisiana State University 
123 Peabody Hall, Baton Rouge, LA  70803 
office: 225-578-7005
fax: 225-578-9135 

Following the Governor's Proclamation, which recommended closure of communal spaces to prevent the further spread of illness, the ECELP adhered to this recommendation in order to keep your children safe. We understand the financial considerations each family faces in continuing to provide care for their children. As such, we will be applying the appropriate credit for March and also placing a temporary hold on the April tuition draft payments, in FACTS, in an effort to relieve any financial burden. We will examine the continuation of school closures, and communicate with you again, before drafting any future tuition payments.

During this fluid situation, we will continue to monitor our many state and LSU messages, guidelines, and resources. As decisions are reached, we will continue to communicate updates as well as decisions with you in a timely manner. Rest assured, your ECELP teachers are using this time for professional and curriculum development.

On behalf of the entire staff, we want you to know that we miss seeing your children daily.

The email was sent to a list generated from FACTS; if you find that someone is missing from the email list, or it was not sent to your preferred email, please contact Celeste Smith and give her your preferred email address. 

Please stay safe.