High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Louisiana, which serve more than 150,000 children and families.
“Pre-K works. You ask any kindergarten teacher and he will tell you he can spot any child who’s had early childhood education almost immediately.” – Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)
“We know what works. Other states have good [ECE] programs. We have individual programs in our state that have worked real well, but we would be kidding ourselves if we could do it without an additional investment.” – Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA)