The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is grateful for the generous funding and support that allows us to improve outcomes for more young children throughout the state each year. We are supported by grants and donations from the Alliance for Early Success, Baptist Community Ministries, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, DJR Foundation, Entergy, GPOA Foundation, Heising Simons Foundation, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Keller Family Foundation, Pritzker Children’s Initiative, Pro Bono Publico, RosaMary Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as by the contributions of individuals and corporations.
Thanks to our work:
Louisiana made a historic increase in state funding for early care and education which enabled more children to access publicly funded child care through Louisiana’s Child Care Assistance Program, and it has been the highest number of children this program has served in a decade.
The state legislature passed legislation to create a state matching fund (the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Fund) to incentivize local investment in early care and education by providing matching state dollars and ensuring the matching fund has recurring revenue streams through sources like sports betting taxes and the Pelicans specialty license plate.
A historic amount of state funding was allocated to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for the first time in a decade and this funding is protected every year.
Louisiana was the very first state in the country to demonstrate the economic impact of early care and education through our Losing Ground research, which has been replicated by several states.
Federal aid was quickly directed to child care providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic because we were the first state in the country to begin collecting statewide data on child care providers during the pandemic.
A broad coalition of over 115 organizations across Louisiana are committed to advocating for increased investment in high-quality early care and education. Coalition members include chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, United Ways, early care and education providers, and faith-based organizations.