early childhood education

Lawmakers have put the final nail in the coffin to close LSU’s public hospital in North Baton Rouge. In Wednesday’s Joint Budget Committee, the Baton Rouge delegation pointed to gaps in care for pregnant women, prisoners and mental health services.

Sen. Sharon Broome said she was appalled that the decades-old initiative to revamp facilities at Earl K Long morphed into moving services.  “And we tried our best to get a new facility," Broome said. "Administrations change, goals change. I understand that. But I am very concerned when goals change and people are not considered.”

Results of a ten year study show at-risk students who attended Pre-K do better in elementary and middle school.

Pre-K: Politics and Poverty

Mar 22, 2013
Pre-K students raise their hands to answer a question in an LA-4 class.
Sue Lincoln / Southern Education Desk

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for universal pre-K.

The President singled out Georgia and Oklahoma as states that have already made pre-K a priority.

Louisiana should also be ahead of the curve.

The state enacted a universal pre-K promise in 2008. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, LA-4 classes are supposed to be provided at no cost to every eligible child.


Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots

Mar 21, 2013
Stephanie Berry and her son Cameron.
Dan Carsen / Southern Education Desk

When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been recognized as one of the country's best. But as the Southern Education Desk's Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.


Champagne Starr, Karen Ponder, Linda Evans

Nov 13, 2012

Baton Rouge Metro Council candidate Champagne Starr discusses undergoing gender reassignment and matters facing the Capitol City. Then, early childhood consultant Karen Ponder speaks on the importance of early childhood learning. And veteran actress Linda Evans, of Dynasty and The Big Valley, visits.


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