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Supporting Bright Futures From the Cradle to Careers

Entergy sponsors early education month in Louisiana

Published 03-22-22

Submitted by Entergy Corporation

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Sixty percent of Louisiana children begin kindergarten behind their peers, and children who begin behind generally remain behind. Investing in early childhood care and education will help ensure more children enter school prepared.

Entergy sponsored the Louisiana Policy Institute’s Early Education Month to continue its ongoing commitment to increase access to high-quality care and early education for all children. Patty Riddlebarger, Entergy’s vice president of corporate social responsibility and Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO, also participated in policy discussions to highlight the benefits of early education and care for children and families in the state of Louisiana.

“Families should not have to choose between household necessities and childcare. However, it is often one of the most expensive items in a family’s budget. It is imperative that Louisiana takes advantage of all opportunities to invest in expanding access to quality early care and education,” said Riddlebarger. “Along with many of the positive impacts early education and care have on our youngest citizens, it can provide a peace of mind to parents and guardians and support a stronger workforce and economy.”

Last year, the Louisiana Department of Education reported that every dollar spent on high quality education delivered a 13% return on investment. Investments by the state of Louisiana, nonprofit organizations, businesses and industries in educational programs help our communities grow and thrive.

In addition to its partnership with the Louisiana Policy Institution, Entergy supported early education initiatives with:

  • A $300k challenge grant to support the City of New Orleans’ City Seats program.
  • A $50,000 grant to help owners of childcare businesses reopen after Hurricane Ida to allow working parents to get back to work.
  • A $100,000 grant to support an advocacy campaign that will provide high-quality early care and wrap around social services for 2,000 children and low-income working parents.

For more than 20 years, Entergy has supported early childhood education and care by advocating for increased funding and partnering with local organizations to provide students the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. By working with these organizations, Entergy has helped increase funding across Louisiana and neighboring states by more than $477 million to provide more than 100,000 low-income children with access to high-quality early childhood experiences over the past two decades.

A bright economic future for Louisiana depends on our ability to create a solid foundation for even our youngest citizens. By investing in education, infrastructure and working to attract new jobs, Entergy is focused on creating a brighter future for all our communities. Learn more about our commitment to education here.

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Entergy, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in New Orleans, powers life for 3 million customers across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy is creating a cleaner, more resilient energy future for everyone with our diverse power generation portfolio, including increasingly carbon-free energy sources. With roots in the Gulf South region for more than a century, Entergy is a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, delivering more than $100 million in economic benefits to local communities through philanthropy and advocacy efforts annually over the last several years. Our approximately 12,500 employees are dedicated to powering life today and for future generations. Learn more at entergy.com and follow @Entergy on social media. #WePowerLife

Corporate Social Responsibility at Entergy

For more than 100 years, Entergy has powered life in our communities through strategic philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy’s corporate social responsibility initiatives help create and sustain thriving communities, position the company for sustainable growth and are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our top CSR priorities are education/workforce development, poverty solutions/social services and environmental programs. Entergy annually contributes $16-$18 million in shareholder-funded grants to approximately 2,000 nonprofit organizations in the communities where we operate. In addition, our employees volunteer more than 100,000 hours in those communities' values at more than $3 million.

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