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Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development NSECD Program
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Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development         
                           (NSECD) Program      


The Nonpublic Early Childhood Development (NSECD) Program is designed to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate preschool instruction to eligible at-risk four-year old children residing in Louisiana.


Housed in the Governor's Office of Community Programs, the NSECD Program was first created through legislative appropriation for the 2001-2002 school year to operate in Orleans Parish.  The Program expanded under the prior Administration to serve at-risk children who attended schools in nine designated parishes before being expanded statewide due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

The program is funded through Louisiana's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), federal block grant funds designed to prevent poverty.


The Provider schools in the NSECD Program adheres to the developmental philosophy outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education programs are proven by research to result in long-term positive outcomes for children.

Inherent in this philosophy is a child-centered program directed toward the development of cognitive, social and emotional, language and literacy, creative arts, and health and physical concepts and skills in a manner, and at a pace, consistent with the needs and capabilities of the individual child.  

For details of potential interest to parents, early childhood educators, and current or potential NSECD education providers, go to the NSECD Program website at

Staff Listing

Charles E. Tate, Director
Petrouchka LL. Moise, Program Manager

Department Mailing Address
Governor's Office of Community Programs
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Department Physical Address
Governor's Office of Community Programs

Department Physical Address
150 Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Department Contacts
Telephone: (225) 342-2540
Toll-Free: (800) 758-6934
Fax: (225) 342-5435