Louisiana set to receive $773 million to fund early childcare, but advocate says it’s just a start

By JC Canicosa 

Louisiana is set to receive $773 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund early childcare, but an early childhood advocate said if Louisiana wants to see meaningful, lasting change in improving early childhood education outcomes, it needs consistent investment from the state.

Only 46 percent of Louisiana 3rd graders are on track to master English and only 43 percent are on track to master math, a disturbing statistic that Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley attributes to 60 percent of the state’s kindergarteners starting school already behind the curve.

Calling early-childhood preparedness “the most important educational challenge of our generation,” Brumley said in a virtual press conference in January, “we have to invest” in programs that give economically disadvantaged children more access to early childhood programs.

Louisiana received $193,255,990 for childcare relief from the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill, and $773,153,348 from… Continue Reading Full Story >>> 

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