May 1, 2018
Across the United States, Early Care and Education (ECE) is gaining increased attention.
Numerous studies point to the academic and social benefits of ECE for young children, and
several studies point to the long-term returns on investment for the community in terms of lower
incarceration rates and higher high school graduation rates. Although a wealth of research has
focused on benefits for young children and local communities, less attention has been given to
the benefits of quality ECE for employers and working parents. To date, we have been unable
to locate Louisiana-based studies of how child care instability affects the state’s workforce
productivity. This study attempts to address this gap.