TITLE 17. EDUCATION

CHAPTER 1. GENERAL SCHOOL LAW

PART X. LOUISIANA EARLY CHILDHOOD OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

 

17:407         Legislative intent

  A. The legislature finds and declares as follows:

  (1) Developmentally appropriate early childhood programs have produced sizeable gains in the skill levels of educationally disadvantaged and at-risk children.

  (2) Early childhood education programs facilitate the development of educationally at-risk young children and increase the chances that they will be more successful students and ultimately more productive citizens.

  (3) Funding successful and innovative programs is required to increase the learning opportunities of at-risk children and provide for their optimal development.

  (4) Many preschool children live in families in which both parents or the primary caregiver are employed such that these children require full day care in a developmentally appropriate environment.

  B. Therefore, it is the intention of the legislature that every at-risk preschool child in Louisiana should have access to an educationally appropriate early childhood program which shall include but not be limited to parental involvement, center-based programs, and before and after care.

Added by Acts 1992, No. 970, Sec. 1, eff. July 9, 1992.