MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The third annual "Louisiana Early Education Week," is being held from Friday, February 7 to Friday, February 14. The week saw seven events across the state aimed at highlighting the critical need for increased access and investment in quality early care and education.
Lynn Clark and Janet Durden joined with Jessica discussing Louisiana Early Education Week. Source: (KNOE)
The organizations hosting this week focus on the state's youngest children, birth to age four.
Lynn Clark, executive director of Children’s Coalition and Janet Durden, president of United Way of NELA, joined us in the studio to discuss the importance of their cause.
Durden says 67% of the children in the state either have parents that are both working or come from single parent households. This causes a decrease in the quality of early education.
For families who are unemployed, this creates even bigger issues in terms of state funding. Durant says parents who are worried about child care and not employed puts an $84 million dollar drop in the NELA economy.
The United Way of NELA and the Children’s Coalition are addressing this with a week of events.
Clark says beginning Tuesday, February 11, they will be meeting at one of their early head starts at the Children’s Coalition that will focus on the Monroe Housing Authority.
They will also be looking at a child care center that has just been deemed high quality by the state and the federal government.
The center will designate two classrooms for infants and toddlers to observe children interactions. They will also observe how these environments help build healthy brain development.
The organization will also host an event on February 12 at 10:00 am at their Early Head start coalition in Monroe.