Shreveport– Legislators and local business leaders from across the area joined United Way of Northwest Louisiana in honor of Louisiana Early Education Week. The event is one of several others across the state that highlight the need to increase access and affordability to high-quality early care and education for Louisiana’s children and families.
The latest ALICE Report says childcare is often a family’s greatest expense averaging $975 per month for two children.
“Our mission is to help our families achieve their potential and live healthy, financially stable lives,” said Bruce Willson, President/ CEO at United Way of Northwest Louisiana. “We believe that must begin with access to affordable, high-quality early care and education. It sets the child up for a successful education and career, while allowing working parents to do just that- work!”
The local leaders gathered at The Arc Caddo-Bossier Goldman School to see, firsthand, an example of quality early education. The event began with a tour of the Goldman School – an inclusive daycare that relies on state funding – where children with developmental delays are educated alongside their typically developing peers. Following this, legislators and business leaders had a round table discussion and the opportunity to read to the children.
Early Education Week ran from February 11-15 hosted in partnership by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children and Louisiana Association of United Ways.