Louisiana

Our allies in Louisiana are a megaphone for early childhood issues in their state and are some of the most effective you’ll find at driving the policy priority conversation.

State Allies:

Louisiana Policy Institute for Children •  New Orleans, LA
Top Priorities for 2020

Maintain funding for early care and education amidst record-breaking drops in state revenue

Extend the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission and establish a Fiscal Work Group

Appropriate $25.1 million to fund seats in quality care for working families and families looking for work

Utilize federal aid to support the early care and education sector

Include an appropriation or establish a funding stream to the Early Childhood Education Fund

Promote the importance of funding early care and education to municipal governments

In 2019, early childhood issues in Louisiana gained momentum. And that was no accident. 

  • Helped win an $18.8 million-increase in state funding for early education.
  • Developed a master plan for increasing access to early care and education for children birth through age three.
  • Hosted the 2nd annual Early Education Week in six locations for more than 120 executives and elected officials in six communities throughout Louisiana.
  • Studied the experiences of caregivers on the Child Care Assistance Program waitlist.
  • Developed materials and policy planks on early care and education for candidates in state elections.
  • Ensured all candidates for governor expressed support for the issues (the successful candidate, current Governor Edwards, has pronounced it to be one of his top priorities).

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving systemic, long-lasting change for Louisiana’s young children by providing state Allies with powerful advantages.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

Latest News from Louisiana:

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Louisiana Legislators and Community Leaders Succeed in Making Young Children a Priority

For the first time in a decade, more Louisiana working families will have crucial support in sending their children to a quality early care and education program thanks to a governor and legislative-supported budget that includes an $18.8 million increase for early ed programing and seats—and this was accomplished even though the state budget bill started the legislative process with $0 new dollars for early learning for children birth through age four.

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