Ahead of the legislative debate, Baton Rouge area lawmakers Wednesday got a chance to tour a child development center to see what children from six weeks to age 5 do all day, including Spanish instruction as early as 18 months.
Gov. John Bel Edwards wants the state to spend another $25 million per year so that about 4,000 children on a waiting list can attend sites like the Southside Child Development Center, which has operated for 28 years.
Advocates often note that 90% of brain development is done by age 5.
They say expanding state aid for children whose families work, are in job training or attend school would help trim Louisiana’s high rate of students who enter kindergarten unprepared to learn.
But the governor’s