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A new grant aims to grow economic mobility for workers of color in New Orleans’ childcare industry

Early Partners
Kim Frusciante

In February, a group of nonprofit and government agencies in New Orleans received a $5 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to aid Black and Latino childcare providers. The grant is being distributed to Nola C.A.R.E.S, a collaborative that consists of twelve organizations headed by Beloved Community, a nonprofit focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Vice President of Beloved Community Lesley Brown Rawlings tells us more about how this grant will help improve economic opportunities for workers of color in New Orleans.

For the fall of 2021, the University of Louisiana System saw a decrease in undergraduate enrollment by 5.7%. That was nearly double the national average, which saw a 3.1% decrease.

Research Director of The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana Melinda Deslatte tells us more about how the pandemic, hurricane season, and other economic factors are contributing to this decline.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.