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Our grantee in Louisiana, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, is a source of nonpartisan and independent information on issues concerning children birth through four. They provide educational and outreach activities and develop policy proposals to put Louisiana’s youngest citizens on the path to success in school and in life.

Louisiana Early Childhood Policy Advocacy and the Alliance for Early Success
Top Priorities for 2021

Advance the implementation of the LA B to 3 Plan by working with the Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Commission to develop bipartisan support behind a plan to increase sustainable funding for early care and education and integrate family child care homes into plans to expand access.

Engage policy makers in developing and implementing policies that advance LPIC’s priorities within the Louisiana Department of Education, state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Governor’s Office and other Louisiana executive branch departments, Louisiana Legislature, local municipalities, and early childhood community networks, as appropriate.

Maintain, mobilize, educate, and grow the LPIC’s stakeholder network with a focus on business leaders, grassroots advocacy organizations, child care centers, and parents.

Louisiana’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$9.81B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

UNALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (D)

48% LOW-INCOME
258,419 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

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.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from Louisiana:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Louisiana early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice