A growing number of children in Lafayette Parish are receiving some kind of education before they enter kindergarten, and new efforts by the school system and other entities are designed to make sure all children are prepared to learn before age 5.
This year, the district is offering 52 pre-kindergarten classes serving 948 students, according to the Lafayette Parish School System. Both of those numbers have increased over the past two years. But some students are still not receiving education before they go to kindergarten.
The district identified 332 children classified as at-risk kindergarten students who did not receive pre-K education and who stayed at home before entering school, said Christine Duay, the district's director of early childhood education.
Duay said district administrators suspect the real number is much higher.