During a panel discussion at the state capitol, members with the Council for a Strong America urged the governor and legislators to get more funding for early child care services after a new study revealed Louisiana has a child care crisis that is costing the state $1 billion a year.”It’s a crisis in Louisiana,” said Michael Olivier, CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development. “It’s a crisis in a lot of states.”
The study also revealed the crisis is negatively impacting the workforce, military, parents, and you. Parents who struggle to find care are often forced to leave their jobs; which is a burden on employers.
The average cost for infant care is nearly $7,500 a year, and that number is almost 38 percent of a single parent’s yearly income.
Nearly half of all Louisiana residents live in a child care desert.
It means there are more than three tines as many children as licensed child care slots.The availability is restricted for families who live in rural areas.
Fewer than 7 percent of birth-to-two year olds and less than 33 percent of three-year-olds can access quality care in our state.
The panel also argued quality childcare can impact military readiness.