At the beginning of 2020, funding early care and education was slated to be a legislative priority for Louisiana. Then the pandemic hit, and budgets were decimated. Fortunately, existing funding for early care and education was protected in the state budget and the state was able to utilize federal stimulus money for provider grants. In August, LPIC secured the governor’s commitment to hire a new Early Childhood Policy Advisor to ensure coordination of state agencies and departments behind a common plan, developed by LPIC, to increase access to quality early care and education. As of November 2020, negotiations are ongoing regarding placing an Early Childhood Education Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office.