Despite repeated comments on the value of early childhood education, advocates are bracing for what they view as a paltry allocation likely coming from the Legislature to trim a key waiting list for services.

While 5,520 children from birth to age 3 are waiting for assistance, the list would be trimmed by 7 percent under the latest version of Louisiana’s $30 billion operating budget.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, who played a major role in shaping the House-passed budget, gets some of the criticism.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte, and colleagues also are under scrutiny on whether new dollars will be added in the Senate version of the budget.

But Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, a longtime advocate of early

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