A number of recent studies have shown that pre-k education is one of the most cost effective investments that a state can make. This report indicates that Louisiana has much to gain from such an investment. Overall, for every $1 invested in pre-k, the state would recoup $2.25 in benefits. In the Department of Education alone, every dollar invested in pre-k would be offset by a savings of 77 cents over children's 13 years in K-12. These calculations show that pre-k expansion would be a strong investment, yielding high returns to Louisiana.