I agree that children in our state need high-quality child care to prepare them to succeed in school and become productive citizens (Guest column: "Access to child care in La. critical," January 30). This matters to me as a police chief because it means that children will be more likely to get on, and stay on, the right track. The importance of children’s earliest years cannot be overstated. This is a critical time for kids, during which the most rapid brain development happens. This early foundation informs children’s cognition, health and behavior throughout life.

Lafayette using grant to bolster early childhood education programs _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- The Lafayette Parish School System's Success by 5 Alliance Child Care Resource and Referral Agency helps connect parents with quality child care centers and works with the school system to provide training and technical assistance to the child care centers. One Lafayette center that's received professional development from LPSS is Kid City Day Care where Kid City employee Paige Gabriel worked with her class of students in May 2014.

That’s why high-quality child care programs are so important. They set the stage for successful learning, encourage children to live active and healthy lives, and teach social skills that can prevent later behavioral issues.

More than two-thirds of children under the age of six in Louisiana have parents or a single parent who works outside the home, yet many of these children are not in high-quality child care.

Letters: Investing in child care is worth it

We must change this. Investing in high-quality child care is one of the best preventive steps we can take to prepare more children for success and avoid problems down the road.

Esdron Brown

chief, Port Allen Police Department

Port Allen