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.
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.
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.
chief, Port Allen Police Department