Best Daycares in Baton Rouge 2017

Learn how to find the best child care centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

HiMama has compiled a list of the best child care centers in Baton Rouge based on the Quality Start Child Care Rating System for Louisiana.

During our research process, we found that there was change in center licensing classification effective Summer 2015.

Here is a diagram to clarify the differences between center Types and Classes as the distinction can be slightly confusing:


All centers on this list are center-based and licensed with at least four programs serving Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten with the appropriate ratios. This is because we believe in the importance of a stable environment and familiarity with educators for early childhood development.

We have included a brief overview of the Quality Start Model for clarity:

  • 1 star – The center has met the higher standards of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Child Care Licensing and Regulatory Section
  • 2 stars – When the center has been in operation for at least 6-months and staff has received additional training
  • 3 – 5 stars – The center provides quality child care based on staff training, qualifications and the Environment Rating System

Centers listed in the table below have Quality Start ratings of 4 or 5, with an active website, current contact information and parent reviews from different online sources. Without further ado, here’s a list of the best daycares in Baton Rouge by Quality Start rating and their neighbourhoods:

<Here is a map of all Quality Start rated centers (1 – 5 stars) for your research purposes:



We hope that this article will help you on your search for childcare in Baton Rouge. We strongly recommend getting in touch with the programs you are considering to meet the team and tour the facility.

Here’s a couple of articles that may be useful for those of you who are new parents looking for childcare:

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Carmen Choi

Carmen is the Marketing Coordinator and Preschool Podcast Manager on the HiMama team. She's been working with childcare business owners and consultants for 3 years. She is passionate making connections that empower the ECE Community through knowledge-sharing to support better outcomes for children, their families, and society!