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Play Button  Extra - Serving the Community - Lois Jordan explains her decision to downgrade her child care center’s rating.
Play Button  Extra - Benefit of the Credit - Lois Jordan describes how the School Readiness Tax Credit has benefited her center.
Play Button  Extra - The Leader in Me - West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton describes a unique program in his district.
Play Button  Extra - Beyond the Minimum - West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton says that when children are well prepared, they can exceed standards.
Play Button  Extra - Ownership and Outcomes - Students take ownership of their education in West Feliciana, Superintendent Hollis Milton says. A good foundation leads to good outcomes.
Play Button  Extra - Longterm Funding Goals - A group of nonprofits and individuals are pushing the state to find $200 million in additional funds by 2020. Child care advocate Melanie Bronfin is with the Policy Institute for Children.
Play Button  Extra - Federal Changes Could Improve Assistance - Melanie Bronfin with the Policy Institute for Children says the unstable tuition assistance program could be replaced with a more steady funding mechanism.
Play Button  Extra - The Basics of Brain Development - Child psychiatrist Charles Zeanah says the young brain forms connections in two ways.

10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?

Access to quality early childhood education and childcare is the single biggest indicator of future educational success and worker retention. Louisiana passed legislation to restructure and improve early childhood options, but changes have been largely unfunded. How could the next governor and a newly elected Board of Elementary and Secondary Education alter the early childhood arena? If funds do come, what should be prioritized? How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce availability and overall economic outlook? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities” airing Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, October 20th at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.)

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This program is made possible through funding from Entergy Corporation.



This program is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America help students succeed. Visit www.lpb.org/americangraduate for more information.



Special thanks to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Ready Louisiana.

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Additional Resources



Voter’s Guide on Gubernatorial Candidates –United Way of Southeast Louisiana
• Question 6 deals with early childhood education


Gubernatorial Candidate Survey – Council for A Better Louisiana
• Question 16 deals with early childhood education


BESE Candidate Survey - Council for A Better Louisiana
• Question 12 deals with early childhood education


BESE Candidate Data – League of Women Voters of La.
• Question 4 deals with early childhood education


Ready Louisiana Coalition Fact Sheet


2015 Election Alert on Early Childcare Education


2015 Election Agenda – Council for a Better Louisiana


One Acadiana’s Priorities for a Better Louisiana


Louisiana Platform for Children

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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