WATCH: Ready Louisiana Coalition for Early Ed Day Press Conference

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Gov. John Bel Edwards joins Ready Louisiana Coalition for Early Ed Day in a press conference at noon.

Ready Louisiana is a bi-partisan, statewide coalition of businesses, advocacy organizations, early care and education professionals, parents and individuals seeking to improve the quality of early care and education in Louisiana.

Early childhood education in Louisiana costs nearly as much as public college tuition and can be the biggest expense for families with young children. Even before the pandemic, less than 15% of eligible children under the age of four in Louisiana had access to public funding for child care.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we secure a robust and ongoing source of state funding for Louisiana’s early care and education sector. There is a perception that early care and education has plenty of money due to federal stimulus packages, but the fact is that the majority of those one-time funds are being used to stabilize the child care industry. If Louisiana commits future sports betting revenue to early care and education, we can offset the fiscal cliff in three years, allowing the state to efficiently draw down federal funds to increase access and help families now.”

Dr. Libbie Sonnier, executive director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

The press conference will feature speakers such as Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley, and more.

To learn more about the Ready Louisiana Coalition and the organizations involved, please visit https://www.readylouisiana.org.

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