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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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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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