In 2012, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Early Childhood Education Act, known as Act 3, which aimed to unify the state’s fragmented ECE system and improve school readiness statewide. Prior to this legislation, subsidized child care centers, Head Start, and school-based pre-k programs all provided publicly funded ECE to children, but they did so in isolation, regulated by separate departments and facing very different requirements. The goal of Act 3 was to work towards a more cohesive ECE system, with the hope that greater alignment would ultimately lead to improved quality and access for children. (author abstract)
Creating coordinated early childhood systems: Louisiana’s Act 3: Background summary
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