New report highlights importance of early childhood education

As Louisiana begins to make early childhood education a priority, a new study stresses the importance of high-quality preschool programs and health-care coverage for a child’s future success. It was released Sunday night by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Of about 62,000 Louisiana three and four-year-olds living at or below 200 percent of the poverty line in 2011, 52 percent were not enrolled in preschool, according to the study. That’s better than the national average of 63 percent, however.

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