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New Orleans sees results with early childhood education


"Investments in early learning have a profound impact, not just on our individual children, but society as a whole. It helps interrupt generational poverty and creates a robust economy in the long term by nurturing our future workforce. "

In a recent op-ed published by Biz New Orleans, Deirdre Johnson Burel, senior program officer for the W.K Kellogg Foundation, shares the power of community partnerships and how the quality of Louisiana’s early childhood education system has helped the state thrive.

For more than a decade, Louisiana has served as a model for how a collective effort can establish and support a system for improving the quality of learning for children from birth to age 5. Research shows that this is one of our children’s most pivotal developmental stages, so success matters.

Much of what occurred at the state level has been replicated and, in some cases, inspired by work done in New Orleans to address the absence of high-quality opportunities for children of working parents. Since 2018, when the city of New Orleans included early childhood education in its budget, that line item has now increased to $3 million per year. About 18% of children from birth to age 3 in the city now have access to quality early care and education.

Visit I Am New Orleans to learn more about this community-led work, along with other efforts to ensure that children and families thrive.


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