About Us

Our Work

The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is a nonpartisan, independent source of data, research, and pertinent information for policymakers, stakeholders, and the public at large around issues related to children ages birth through four in Louisiana. 

 

We also develop policy proposals informed by data, research, best practices and the experiences of other states for improving outcomes for Louisiana's young children and conduct educational and outreach activities around these recommended policy solutions.

Mission

Advancing policies to ensure that Louisiana's young children are ready for success in school and in life.

Vision

We envision a Louisiana in which all young children, birth through age four, are safe, healthy, and reach their full potential.

Values

Child-centered: We are guided first by what is best for the healthy development and education of young children. 

 

Equity-focused: We seek to identify and close equity gaps — both inside our organization and in the policies and child outcomes we seek to advance.

Data-driven: We seek to be a credible, nonpartisan, and unbiased organization that produces research and is guided by data on what works, what doesn't, and why.

Results-oriented: We work with partners to produce tangible results that improve the lives and life outcomes of young children, which takes dedication and perseverence.

 

Visionary: We seek to be innovative and visionary, imagining and creating futures that are not simply reflective of or marginal improvements to the past.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, as a nonpartisan, independent source of data and research, works to ensure that children are afforded equitable access to resources necessary to be successful in school and in life. Our organization believes equity requires highlighting the diverse experiences of Louisianans in conversations with business leaders and legislators to
ensure that policies affecting families work for children of different races, abilities, and geographic location. We intentionally collect data to inform and advocate for evidence-based policy and minimize unintended consequences that exacerbate existing disparities impacting Louisiana families.

Guiding Principles

Focus on policy: We focus our efforts on advancing policy to improve the education and development of Louisiana’s young children. We do not deliver direct services to children.

 

Work Statewide: We focus on statewide policy in Louisiana. Our interest in federal issues or local issues in communities across the state is guided by its relevance to our state-level policy goals.

 

Birth through Age Four: Research has shown that from birth through age four are the most critical years for a child’s healthy development and future success.

 

Develop Policy Proposals: Our policy proposals are based on what the research, data, best practices, and experiences of other states have shown to be the most effective means to achieve good outcomes for young children. 

 

Depth over Breadth: When we take on an issue, we seek to become a leader and go-to source for policy development on that issue. It is more important for us to be knowledgeable and effective on fewer issues, than involved but less effective on many issues.

 

Bipartisan Collaboration: Our work is nonpartisan. It seeks to make policies that support Louisiana’s young children a priority for all policy-makers, regardless of party affiliation or political philosophy.

 

Pragmatism: We focus our efforts where we see opportunities to create policy changes that benefit the education and development of Louisiana’s young children.

 

No public funding: In order to maintain our independence as a policy research and education organization, we do not take public funding. We maintain this principle so as not to compromise our ability to speak out about how government can improve policy.

 

Tools for Change: We fulfill our mission through the use of the following primary strategies or tools to fulfill our mission: Research and Policy Analysis; Policy Development; Executive, Legislative and Electoral Education; Building Coalitions and Strategic Alliances; Communications and Media Advocacy.

Our Funders

The Policy Institute for Children is a 501(c)(3) private, non-partisan, non-profit organization, supported by grants and donations from the DJR Foundation, Baptist Community Ministries, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Entergy, the Alliance for Early Success, the RosaMary Foundation, Pritzker Children's Initiative, Pro Bono Publico, the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, and other foundations, as well as by the contributions of individuals and corporations.  We are grateful for their generous funding and support.