How Louisiana’s match might mean more free child care spots in New Orleans

One-year-old Jaci May clutched a plastic slice of bread as she played in the toy kitchen at Wilcox Academy of Early Learning with her teacher, a woman with a big smile.

The North Broad Street center, which the toddler attends for free through a local program called City Seats, has been a godsend for her mom, Toy-Kyshawnna Thomas.

Thomas makes less than $18,000 a year at the Volunteers of America, which she uses to support Jaci and her two other school-age children. Before she qualified for City Seats, Thomas relied on a fragile network of family, friends and babysitters to care for her daughter. It was a constant crisis.

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