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.

Guiding Principles

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. Bi-partisan 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 Work

The Policy Institute seeks to be a source of nonpartisan, independent information on issues concerning 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 the outcomes of Louisiana’s young children, and then provide educational and outreach activities around these recommended policy solutions. Read more about the work of the Institute. 

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, 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.