More parents are seeking spots for their children in Louisiana public preschools, but dwindling funds for early-childhood programs has many schools struggling to meet demand. Some schools are charging tuition for middle- and upper-income students to attend preschool programs, and some charter schools are eliminating early-childhood programs. "We have to be sure our commitment to serve 4-year-olds does not take resources away from our third-graders," one charter-school director said.

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