State leaders discuss early childhood care in Northeast Louisiana

Source: KNOE
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Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 12:28 PM CST
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State leaders made a stop in Northeast Louisiana on Wednesday to discuss educational needs in the area. They paid a visit to schools in Ouachita and Richland parishes.

They observed teacher-student interactions and discussed the state's early childhood performance system along with ways to expand access to affordable high-quality early childhood care.

Jessica Baghian, Asst. Superintendent of the Louisiana Dept. of Education said, "If we do not have affordable quality care, we're losing nearly a billion dollars a year in economic value for the state because employees cannot go to work and school in a reliable way. We know that without affordable care, families also cannot take that job or go to school to raise their families to better economic means."

State Senator Jay Morris was also in attendance. He says improvements must be made in state funding in order for early childhood education to thrive.