Since 2012, Community Counts data has shown an alarming decrease in kindergarten readiness scores for the Shreveport-Bossier MSA. Specifically, an average of 60% of students who enter Caddo Parish Schools score below the benchmark for kindergarten readiness. Numerous studies indicate that a lack of kindergarten readiness correlates strongly with academic and behavioral challenges and involvement with juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
2020: CFNLA established the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Fund to expand access and enrollment in quality early childhood education for Caddo Parish children, ages 0-3.
2021: Through generous donor support and a dollar-for-dollar match from the state, $2 Million was secured for the initiative.
2022: 209 Caddo Parish children from low-income households received a full scholarship to attend a Type III childcare center.
Fall 2022: The kindergarten readiness test (iSteep) administered for Caddo Parish students revealed that children attending Type III childcare centers averaged in the 61st percentile compared to the 28th percentile of those children who stayed home.
Fall 2022: The City of Shreveport approved one-time funding of $2.8 million for ECE Scholarships and received $2.8 million in matching state dollars.
To address the current childcare needs in Caddo Parish, CFNLA has set a goal to raise $3 million by 2024. This can produce a dollar-for-dollar match from the state of Louisiana. By equipping children for educational success, we increase reading scores, increase graduation rates, decrease idleness, and decrease crime.
To contribute to the Caddo ECE Fund, please click the button below.