Louisiana Early Childhood Basics

 

Access in Louisiana to Early Care and Education Programs


In Louisiana, 67% of children ages birth through five have both parents, or their single parent, in the workforce, and the average price of child care in the state is almost as much as an annual public college tuition.

 

By contrast, overall only 15% of children under age four have access to any publicly funded program, whether Pre-K,  Head Start, Early Head Start or Child Care Assistance. Access varies greatly by age.

 

The percentage of at-risk children who can access ANY publicly funded early care and education program in Louisiana is as follows.  

 

Infants (5% at-risk children served)

  • Early Head Start

  • Child Care Assistance Program

One Year Olds (9% at-risk children served)

  • Early Head Start

  • Child Care Assistance Program

 

Two Year Olds (13% at-risk children served)

  • Early Head Start

  • Child Care Assistance Program

 

Three Year Olds (35% at-risk children served)

  • Head Start

  • Child Care Assistance Program

 

Four Year Olds (93% at-risk children served)

  • Head Start

  • Child Care Assistance Program

  • LA 4

  • 8(g)

  • Title I

  • Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program