Dear Friends and Partners,
We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! We are thankful that it’s been another busy month at the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC) as we continue to do the work we love.
Earlier this month, the LPIC released a report on recommendations for improving early childhood workforce compensation in Louisiana. In response to the ongoing compensation crisis within the early care and education sector, we convened several child care providers, industry consultants, advocacy groups, and representatives from state agencies to form a Tiger Team. A “Tiger Team'' is a specialized, cross-functional team brought together to solve or investigate a specific problem or critical issue. Click here to read the full report.
In partnership with the Blanco Center, we released a report that provides an overview of taxation options to support early care and education in local communities in Louisiana. The report focuses on the legal framework for generating new sources of revenue and the capacity for parishes and municipalities to levy additional taxes at the local level. Watch the press conference here or click here to read the full report.
Lastly, we encourage early childhood advocates to reach out to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) members to express support and ask them to move forward with finalizing the revised Early Learning and Development Standards. Many business executives across the country have already noted that too many employees and job applicants lack the life skills necessary to be successful, such as good communication, the ability to cooperate, and how to overcome challenges. The revised standards will help young children learn valuable skills that will help them in school and well beyond into the workforce. Contact information for BESE members can be found here.
As always, thank you for advocating on behalf of young children and families in Louisiana!