Change Indicator

Capacity of licensed early learning centers in Louisiana

Capacity of licensed early learning centers

Downloading image...


Definition and Source



Number - the combined total capacity of licensed early learning centers. Capacity reflects the total number of children that can be legally cared for in a particular center.
Rate - licensed capacity per 100 children ages 0-4 in the population.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Division of Family Support, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Population Estimates Program.


Capacity is determined by a facility’s physical characteristics and size. Because many centers do not operate at full capacity for various reasons (including quality, staffing difficulties, low demand, etc.), the actual number of children served in licensed settings is likely to be  lower than the maximum capacity.

Note that 2020 data reflects the capacity of open centers, and does not include the capacity of sites that had temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Rates are calculated as the licensed capacity per 100 children ages 0-4 in each parish. 

Updated December 14, 2022.

Last Updated

December 2022