Major expansion of publicly-funded childcare in New Orleans moves toward vote

The New Orleans City Council took another step toward providing hundreds more low-income residents with access to early-childhood education, passing a measure Thursday that will place a new property-tax on the ballot to expand the publicly-funded program.

The council unanimously approved a 5-mill property tax measure for the April 30 ballot. If approved by voters, it would annually generate an estimated $21 million, enough to provide 1,000 additional preschool seats and cover costs associated with expanding the city’s existing network of providers.

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