Over sixty people attended Louisiana's first-ever Early Ed Week, held January 29 to February 2 across the state.
Early Ed Week is a focused campaign for business leaders and legislators to highlight the need to increase access to high quality early care and education for Louisiana's children and families.
The week included tours of three early learning centers: Educare New Orleans, Fundamentals Early Learning Center in Baton Rouge, and Beary Cherry Tree in Metairie.
These tours were designed to increase understanding about - and the importance of - access to high quality early care and education for children birth through age four across Louisiana.
The events were hosted by the Louisiana Early Childhood Business Roundtable, Jefferson Business Council, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Pres Kabacoff, and were sponsored by Entergy.
In each parish, business leaders learned about the importance of early care and education not only for creating a skilled workforce for tomorrow, but for the productivity and participation of their workforce today.
Also among the participants were many of the state's legislative champions of early education, including Representatives Walt Leger III, Cameron Henry, Patricia Smith, Stephen Carter, Rick Edmonds, Robert Billiot, Stephanie Hilferty, and Joe Marino, and Senators Beth Mizell and Conrad Appel.
More information at https://www.laecbr.org/events.