Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is a non-profit that develops, advocates on, and builds support for children across the state. They often partner with State government to help enhance or buttress policies that seek to support children 0-3. In 2018, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children engaged ACS to assist in framing the Louisiana Early Childhood Care and Education Commission’s state budget. ACS worked closely with the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children leadership and Louisiana Department of Education staff to develop a clear, concise document that frames and outlines the current needs of early childhood in Louisiana, the budget ask of the legislature, and what the outcomes will be as a result of the investment. In addition, ACS provided thought leadership and guidance on the how the document was communicated through public presentation and talking points. In 2019, ACS developed a toolkit that included Talking Points, Frequently Asked Questions, PowerPoint template, and a One-pager.
Outcomes to date: The document was unanimously supported by the ECCE Commission and released publicly to a positive reception, including widespread coverage in the media.
- $86M could help tackle child care assistance waitlist in Louisiana as part of broader initiative (The Advocate)
- State considers childhood development program expansion (American Press)
- State panel seeks $86 million to address early child care waitlist (NOLA.com)
- Louisiana finally has a plan to pump money into preschool. So, do it. (NOLA.com)
- Louisiana State Commission Asks for Major Pre-K Expansion (WWNO)
- Commission proposes substantial increase in early childhood education (Louisiana Radio Network)
- Commission calls for $839 million for early childhood education (Watchdog.org)