Entergy Contributes Toward Early Child Education
January 2020
The Entergy Charitable Foundation announced a $300,000 grant in early December to support the City of New Orleans’ City Seats program, which provides free high-quality early childhood care and educational programs to low-income working families in Orleans Parish.

The New Orleans Education Network City Seats program was created in 2017 when the New Orleans City Council allocated $750,000 to expand access to high-quality early childhood care for working families. In 2019, the council approved $3 million in funding for City Seats. 

In announcing the contribution, Patty Riddlebarger, vice president for corporate social responsibility for Entergy Corporation, issued a challenge to the business community to match the foundation’s $300,000 contribution and allow New Orleans to take full advantage of the maximum potential for state matching funds that are expected to be available in 2020.

“This is a unique opportunity to make a transformational impact on the lives of working parents in our community,” said Riddlebarger. “More children will have access to high-quality early care and will prepare them for greater success in life. Parents will be able to work and provide a more stable future for their families.”

Eighty-three percent of low-income families in New Orleans lack access to affordable, high-quality early childhood care. 

Entergy began actively supporting and funding advocacy for investments in early childhood programs in the early 2000s. 

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