The third annual “Louisiana Early Ed Week,” sponsored by Entergy Corporation, is being held from Friday, February 7 to Friday, February 14, with seven events across the state aimed at highlighting the critical need for increased access to, and investment in, quality early care and education for our state’s youngest children, birth to age four. As part of this statewide effort, an event will be held in Lafayette, offering local business leaders and legislators an opportunity to tour a local child care center and to interact with and read to children. Louisiana Early Ed Week is made possible by generous support from sponsors such as Entergy Corporation and Jones Walker LLP.
Quality early child care and education for children birth through age four prepares children to learn, grow and succeed, as 90% of brain development happens during that time! Louisiana lacks affordable, quality early care and education programs, inflicting hardships on families, as two-thirds of children in this age group have both parents, and their single parent, in the workforce. Significant research shows that for every $1 invested in high quality early care, the state yields a $7.30 return on investment, as children who participate in these early care and education programs are less likely to require specialized education when they enter elementary school, less likely to drop out prior to high school graduation, and less likely to get caught up in the criminal justice system later in life.