The future of New Orleans depends on our city’s investment in our children. Research shows that young children who participate in high-quality early learning programs are four times more likely to graduate from high school and become more productive citizens than their peers who do not participate in such programs. This is because 80% of brain development happens between birth and age three, which provides the foundation for future learning, health, and emotional development. Children who begin kindergarten behind, generally remain behind.
High-quality early care and education prepares students for success, enables families to be productive in the workforce, and supports a thriving local economy. Yet, less than 23% of at-risk New Orleans children birth through age three have access to a publicly-funded child care seat. This is in spite of the fact that most New Orleans parents – 66% of married parents and 67% of single mothers – are working, and need access to affordable high-quality child care, which costs almost as much as tuition for a state college or university.
We, the undersigned, ask the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans to expand on this commitment to provide $1.5 million in the 2019 City budget to expand access to quality early care and education in New Orleans via the New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN).
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Call Mayor Cantrell and let her and her administration know that we need to invest in our children now! (504) 658-4900