News Archive


December 2018

Guest column: Child care needs in Louisiana are 'woefully' underfunded

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

December 18, 2018


November 2018


Early Education Programs Seeing Better Results

November 15, 2018

Lessons Learned From The Bayou State

New America - Abbie Lieberman

November 14, 2018


Few “excellent” Early Childhood Programs Available in the Region, State - Officials Say

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

November 13, 2018


Louisiana Education Programs Seeing Better Results

Louisiana Radio Network

November 13, 2018


Families Can't Afford Childcare

November 5, 2018


Most Louisiana families unable to afford average cost of childcare

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

November 4, 2018


October 2018

Childcare in Louisiana Is Unaffordable for Most Working Parents

BIZ- New Orleans

October 30, 2018


Teaching for Excellence 


October 25, 2018


Our View: LA should focus on child care for youngest children

Advocate Editorial (Baton Rouge/New Orleans)

October 20, 2018


Here's how $1.5 million request can continue boosting early childhood education in New Orleans, advocates say.

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

October 15, 2018


If New Orleans leaders care about children, they will invest in preschool

The Times-Picayune Editorial Board

October 14, 2018


New Orleans needs to make a bigger investment in early childhood education Times-Picayune

October 12, 2018


September 2018


Our View: LA should focus on child care for youngest children

American Press (Lake Charles)

September 13, 2018


'Limping along': Louisiana should focus on child care for youngest children, expert says

Advocate  (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

September 6, 2018


August 2018


The Good and the Bad for Early Care and Education in Louisiana So Far in 2018

Alliance for Early Success Blog

August 2018


OUR VIEW: Funding for child care is a welcome, but temporary fix to a long-term problem
American Press (Lake Charles)

August 14, 2018


New Orleans doctor: More funding needed for child care and early learning in Louisiana
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

August 8, 2018


Our Views: A one-year grant for Louisiana child care will not solve an every-year crisis
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

August 6, 2018


The State We’re In: Kids Count
Louisiana Public Broadcasting

August 3, 2018


Thousands removed from Child Care Assistance Program waiting list (Acadiana)

August 2, 2018


One-time federal child care funding to aid 4,500 Louisiana families | The Times-Picayune

August 2, 2018


4,500 Children Removed from Child Care Waiting List Due to One-Time Funding
Louisiana Department of Education Press Release

August 2, 2018


July 2018


Baton Rouge Chamber urges School Board candidates to 'stop handwringing' on universal early childhood education

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

July 28, 2018


In Support of Our Children, Parents and Local Economy

Biz New Orleans

Summer 2018


Our View: Childcare waiting list about to shrink
American Press (Lake Charles)

July 3, 2018


June 2018

Childcare Assistance Program receives 40 million dollars from the federal government
WWL Radio

June 13, 2018


After years of cuts, Louisiana's child care waiting list about to shrink dramatically
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

June 12, 2018


Louisiana's budget must do right by children | Editorial | The Times-Picayune

June 10, 2018


May 2018

One way to fix early childhood education

TrueChat Podcast

May 25, 2018


Affordable childcare top need, outgoing state official says

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

May 22, 2018


Pre-K is an essential investment for Louisiana's future | Editorial | The Times-Picayune

May 9, 2018


Investment in children pays off for them and for our community | Letter | The Times-Picayune

May 4, 2018


April 2018


Legislators ought to make preschool a real priority | The Times-Picayune

April 20, 2018

State legislators host early childhood education day for business, civic and education groups

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)

April 18, 2018


March 2018


Bill aims to end waiting lists for subsidized child care

Bossier Press

March 23, 2018


Committee gets creative to fund early childhood care

Daily Advertiser (Alexandria)

March 23, 2018


Louisiana House eyes preschool education bills to improve kindergarten readiness

March 22, 2018 | The Times-Picayune


Louisiana preschoolers need an opportunity to thrive | Editorial

March 21, 2018 | The Times-Picayune


Governor: New focus on youngest children key to education gains

March 14, 2018

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)


Our Views: A fitness lesson from 'Animal House'

March 10, 2018

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)


How Unreliable And Costly Childcare Keeps People Off The Job

March 8, 2018



75 percent of young Louisianians don't qualify for military service, report says | The Times-Picayune - March 5, 2018

Officials promote funding for early childhood care, education due to critical report on La. young adults
WAFB TV Baton Rouge - March 1, 2018


Retired military brass tell why 75 percent of Louisiana's young people wouldn't qualify for service
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - March 1, 2018 


February 2018


Why Businesses Are Pushing for Better Child Care in America
Wall Street Journal - February 10, 2018


Letters: Child care helps law enforcement
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - February 13, 2018


Early Education is Key to a Better Future | Editorial
American Press (Lake Charles) - February 13, 2018 


Preschool is vital to kids and to Louisiana's economy | Editorial | The Times-Picayune - February 9, 2018


Federal Head Starts and pre-k’s getting added scrutiny under new state rating system
Advocate (Baton Rouge edition) - February 8, 2018 


Letters: Investing in child care is worth it-Woes of the Working Parent
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - February 4, 2018


January 2018


Local and state leaders turn spotlight on pre-K and early childhood education
Advocate (Baton Rouge edition) - January 31, 2018


Guest Column: Access to Child Care Critical
Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - January 29, 2018 


La. Early Education Week
WAFB TV Baton Rouge - January 24, 2018


Louisiana Public Square:  Early Education Matters
Louisiana Public Broadcasting - January 18, 2018


Ringside Politics with a Punch

WLAE TV New Orleans - January 12, 2018


Making the business case for affordable child care in Louisiana
Shreveport Times and Monroe News Star - January 11, 2018


Preschool is essential to give New Orleans children a fast start | Editorial | The Times-Picayune - January 7, 2018




December 2017


Parents and the High Cost of Child Care
Child Care Aware - 2017
In their introduction at page 8, Child Care Aware highlighted the Policy Institute’s Losing Ground report, calling it “Louisiana’s recent groundbreaking report.”


Are New Orleans Toddlers Getting Quality Instruction?
89.9 New Orleans Public Radio - Dec. 22, 2017


Child Care Costs Force Parents to Make Tough Decisions
89.9 New Orleans Public Radio - Dec. 21, 2017


New Orleans To Start Funding Pre-K
89.9 New Orleans Public Radio - December 19, 2017


Solutions for Affordable Childcare Crisis
WWL-TV Morning News (New Orleans) - December 14, 2017

October 2017

Guest column: New Orleans' next mayor should stress child care, education, Russel Honore writes

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - October 27, 2017

Businesses discuss need for early childcare programs

Advocate (Baton Rouge/New Orleans/Acadiana) - October 18, 2017

Business leaders turn attention to another workforce drain: early child care issues

Business Report (Greater Baton Rouge)- October 18,2017

Letters: Get them young for education, good jobs

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Acadiana)- October 2, 2017

September 2017

How smart tax reform can boost early education for our children

The Hill- September 27, 2017

July 2017

Louisiana seeks more time to implement new criminal background checks for child care workers

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Acadiana)- July 19, 2017

Early childhood education needs more funding

American Press (Lake Charles)- July 8, 2017

June 2017

Budget trouble spells problems for early education

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- June 28, 2017


Letters: Time for La. to support child care

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Acadiana)- June 28, 2017

Letters: Congress shouldn't jeopardize children

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Acadiana)- June 27, 2017

Working families in Louisiana waitlisted for child care

WDSU News (New Orleans)- June 26, 2017

May 2017

Are Your Childcare Benefits Outdated? Here's How to Fix Them

Entrepreneur (National) - May 18, 2017

Study: Child care issues cost Louisiana employers $816M annually
CityBusiness (New Orleans)- May 5, 2017

Early high school graduates could earn scholarships under bill that clears House committee

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- May 2, 2017

Child care issues in Louisiana hurting workers and employers, study finds

Gambit (New Orleans)- May 2, 2017

Study finds lack of quality childcare drastically hurts state's economy

Louisiana Radio Network- May 2, 2017

New study shows just how much Louisiana parents struggle to balance children, careers

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- May 1, 2017

April 2017

Statewide Coalition Calls for Legislative Support, Increased Investment In Quality Early Care, Education

Biz New Orleans- April 5, 2017

Coalition calls for more early childhood care and education funding in Louisiana

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report- April 4, 2017


March 2017

Family Tax Policy: A Path Forward to Lifting Children Out of Poverty

A report by the U.S. Child Poverty Action Group- March 14, 2017

February 2017

School Readiness Tax Credits crucial for workforce development, advocacy group says

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report- February 27, 2017

Ensuring a good start

American Press (Lake Charles)- February 26, 2017

Usable day care scores to come this fall

Lafayette Advertiser- February 23, 2017

Louisiana loosens eligibility rules for child care assistance, but funding lacking

Advocate (Baton Rouge)- February 19, 2017

Letters: State should support quality child care

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- February 16, 2017

Program Changes Enable More Working Families to Access Child Care Assistance 

Press Release-Louisiana Department of Education- February 16, 2017

Louisiana's new preschool ratings are out: 7 things parents should know | The Times-Picayune- February 15, 2017

January 2017

Cloutier: Invest in early childhood education, invest in the future

Lafayette Advertiser- January 20, 2017

Louisiana must invest in our youngest children

New Orleans Times Picayune- January 10, 2017

Early childcare and education can lead Louisiana from "worst to first”

Ruston Daily Leader- January 9, 2017

Is child care in Louisiana affordable? Report says yes, but local experts disagree | The Times-Picayune- January 5, 2017


December 2016

Could a plan to improve early education be putting the squeeze on child care centers?

The Hechinger Report- December 6, 2016

November 2016

Early childhood tax credits vital, institute says

Lafayette Advertiser- November 30, 2016

Child care providers meet to discuss support for families

KATC-ABC-TV- November 30, 2016

Workforce development starts at the cradle

American Press- November 22, 2016

Letters: Families need help with child care

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- November 22, 2016

French Quarter restaurant inspired to give away Thanksgiving meals- WDSU report on assistance for early education sparked idea for family-centered give away

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- November 19, 2016

Tax Credits for Education

WAFB 9News (Baton Rouge)- November 17, 2016

Tax credits have led to better child care, federal funds for Louisiana, advocates say

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- November 15, 2016

Early Childhood Education Tax Credits

WWL 8 News (New Orleans)- November 14, 2016

Educators fight to keep early ed funding

WDSU News (New Orleans)- November 14, 2016

Study: Tax credits paying off for early education in Louisiana

WDSU News (New Orleans)- November 13, 2016

Independent group finds tax credits benefiting early education in Louisiana

WDSU News (New Orleans) - November 13, 2016

October 2016

Editorial: Take a close look at early-age school suspensions

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- October 10, 2016

September 2016

Louisiana once spent little to help care for the youngest children; now it’s spending less

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge)- September 30, 2016

The State-Budget Cuts Trapping Poor Parents: In Louisiana, a lack of governmental assistance has left many without childcare options

The Atlantic- September 29, 2016

August 2016

The state of women: the day care dilemma; Working mothers have few resources in Louisiana

Gambit-August 18, 2016


Defying Cuts, Improving Early Childhood Care Standards in Louisiana

Alliance for Early Success Blog- August 24, 2016

July 2016

Relief may be on way for child care recipients  

The Advocate-July 15, 2016

Feared Pre-K cuts evaporate; standstill funding seen as a  win

The Advocate- July 6, 2 016

June 2016

The Building Blocks of Learning

New York Times- June 14, 2016

​Jefferson Business Council to participate in Louisiana's Early Childhood Business Roundtable

Biz New Orleans- June 6, 2016

Too Small to Fail

New York Times- June 2, 2016

Never let a budget crisis go to waste; fund early childhood education

The Advertiser- June 2, 2016

A Lesson Learned from Planting Trees

Forests and People Magazine (official publication of the Louisiana Forestry Association)- June 2016

May 2016

Make early care, education a priority

Shreveport Times- May 31, 2016

Kids need best chance now to thrive later

American Press, Lake Charles- May 15, 2016

April 2016


Legislative Testimony on LA's School Readiness Tax Credits

Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee - April 4, 2016

Fast forward to the start of the testimony at the 58:00 minute mark.

Legislative Testimony on Governor Edwards' Proposed Budget

House Appropriations Committee - April 19, 2016

Fast forward to the 1:21: 29 minute mark for testimony on early care and education.

Pre-K overhaul would benefit from revisions, report says

The Advocate- April 29, 2016

Roundtable meeting held in Alexandria to discuss the future of early childhood education

KALB-April 26, 2016


Changes to Louisiana's pre-K overhaul are recommended | The Times-Picayune- April 29, 2016


Report suggests revisions to Louisiana's pre-K overhaul

Fox 8, WVUE New Orleans- April 29, 2016


March 2016

Bill would place new restrictions on day cares without licenses

The Advertiser (Lafayette)- March 30, 2016

Advocates say early childhood aid may be little-noticed budget casualty

The Advocate- March 28, 2016


February 2016

Struggling to survive:  Why maternity laws make it hard for mothers in Louisiana

WDSU TV News- February 18, 2016

January 2016

Boost in child care aid for 15,000 takes effect

The Advocate- January 6, 2016


November 2015

Budget-busting childcare costs are talk of the campaign trail

Bloomberg News-November 19, 2015 


How to solve America's childcare crisis

Politico-November 9, 2015 


Voters should demand candidates address needs of Louisiana children

Shreveport Times-November 4, 2015


Voices: Government must prioritize early learning for La. Children

The Advertiser-November 3, 2015

Ounce of Prevention-Semi-Annual State Policy Update

November 2015


October 2015

Louisiana preschools might lose $22.5 million in federal funding | The Times-Picayune - October 2, 2015

Runoff time to focus on early education

Monroe News Star-October 31, 2015


Your Mail:  Early Childhood Education

Alexandria Town Talk-October 31, 201


Letters: Turn attention to early care and education

The Advocate-October 29, 2015


Early childhood education investment is a workforce imperative

Daily Advertiser (Lafayette)-October 24, 2015


Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

Louisiana Public Broadcasting-October 21, 2015


September 2015


Our Views: The focus on children in politics this year is welcomed

The Advocate - September 18, 2015


What do we have to do to make Louisiana thrive?: Editorial

The Times-Picayune/ - September 27, 2015

Rising costs, shrinking number of day care centers a dilemma for young parents in New Orleans area

The Advocate - September 27, 2015

Public policy experts preparing presentations, findings for candidates ahead of Oct. primary

The Advocate - September 17, 2015

August 2015

Expert: Celebrate the recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, but embrace continuing work

The Advocate - August 30, 2015

They said it: New Orleans school leaders talk at Katrina events

The Times-Picayune/ - August 26,2015

Rep. Barrow wants criminal penalties for unlicensed day cares

WBRZ 2 - August 21, 2015

More public money considered for Louisiana preschools

Press Release, Louisiana Dept of Ed - August 12, 2015


BESE backs plan to boost day care aid

The Advocate - August 11, 2015


BESE plan makes child care affordable for low-income Louisiana families

The Times-Picayune/ - August 10, 2015


July 2015


Louisiana is at the bottom of another list

The Shreveport Times - July 22, 2015


Childhood poverty worsens in Louisiana

FOX8/WVUE - July 21, 2015


It's time to license all day care services

American Press - July 6, 2015


June 2015


Radical changes to Louisiana public schools under Bobby Jindal, but what have been the impacts?

The Advocate - June 26, 2015


State policies in spotlight after BR toddler’s death

The Advocate - June 22, 2015


State education board addresses preschool concerns, changes policy

The Times-Picayune/ - June 17, 2015

Many daycares in Louisiana unregulated; daycare death puts spotlight on state policies

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - June 24, 2015​


Some day care directors critical of proposed preschool revamp | The Times-Picayune - June 14, 2015

BESE committee partially approves preschool grades policy Tuesday

The Times-Picayune/ - June 16, 2015

April 2015

Louisiana must invest in its youngest residents: Editorial

The Times-Picayune/ - April 17, 2015


United Way Releases Video In Support Of State Dollars For Early Childhood Education

Biz New Orleans - April 14, 2015


Judy Watts, founding director of Agenda for Children, dies at 72

The Advocate - April 10, 2015


March 2015


Study sees 'serious flaws' in Louisiana's proposed system for grading Pre-K programs

The Advocate - March 30, 2015


Flaws abound in Louisiana's draft preschool report cards, group says

The Times-Picayune/ - March 30, 2015


Letter grades for Louisiana preschools in 2016-17, state school board decides

The Times-Picayune/ - March 6, 2015


Louisiana Department of Education hopes to improve quality of early childhood learning at private daycares

The Advocate - March 1, 2015


February 2015


Bobby Jindal's state budget proposal: special interest groups react

The Times-Picayune/ - February 27, 2015


Thanks, Bobby Jindal, for not cutting preschool -- but we still need more money, critic says

The Times-Picayune/ - February 27, 2015


Bobby Jindal is likely to leave some tax credits for low-income families alone

The Times-Picayune/ - February 23, 2015


January 2015


Funding for pre-K revamp uncertain: No money allotted for changes in law

The Advocate - January 22, 2015

Pre-school teachers to receive new training, Louisiana school board decides | The Times-Picayune - January 13, 2015


Editorial - Our Views: Big grants, big gaps

The Advocate - January 7, 2015


December 2014


The December White House Summit on Early Education turned the spotlight on the cause of early learning. The President and top administration officials announced more than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants to 18 states and more than $435 million in Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants to 234 "preliminary grantees" in 49 states. The event also featured the debut of Invest in US, a coalition of public and private entities that have committed more than $340 million in money, resources, or in-kind donations to programs that serve young children.Watch the President's speech and the introduction by third grader Alajah Lane.

  • Watch the President's speech and the introduction by third grader Alajah La

  • Read about the response from early care and education advocates.



Called 'an enormous step for our state.' Louisiana lands $32M federal pre-K grant

The Advocate - December 11, 2014


4 things to know about Louisiana's new $32 million pre-school funding

The Times-Picayune/ - December 10, 2014


State panel grapples with pre-K oversight

The Advocate - December 6, 2014


Amid some dissent, new pre-school licensing regulations approved for Louisiana

The Times-Picayune/ - December 2, 2014


Education board moves ahead with licensing revamp

The Town Talk - December 2, 2014


Reading skills lacking for half of Louisiana kindergarten students, new data show

The Times-Picayune/ - December 2, 2014


November 2014


Major Changes In Store For Early Childhood Programs

WWNO – November 5, 2014

Thanks to Act 3, or the Early Childhood Education Act, early child care and Pre-K programs across the state are getting revamped this fall. WWNO spoke with the Policy Institute’s Melanie Bronfin about how a new understanding of brain development in the early years – birth through age four – led to this overhaul. They also discussed what changes are being mandated in Act 3 and how, without sufficient funding, the revamp could end up hurting the people it is intended to help.


For La. moms, Paul Ryan’s poverty plan could make a bad situation worse

Aljazeera America – November 3, 2014

Eighteen years ago, federal welfare programs were transferred from an entitlement program into a "block grant" - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - where each state gets a lump sum of money and wide discretion on how to spend it. The result is that many states, including Louisiana, now use the funds to fill budget holes instead of fighting poverty with programs such as Child Care Assistance. In 2012, 87 percent of Louisiana’s TANF funding went to other items, and since 2010, the number of children benefiting from the Child Care Assistance Programs has fallen more than 62 percent.

Number of Louisiana public school advisory committees explodes: Why so many?

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - November 26, 2014               

MFP changes will not include new pre-K dollars, educators say

Advocate (New Orleans/Baton Rouge) - November 18, 2014

October 2014


Early childhood education vital

Shreveport Times – October 22, 2014

Phillip Rozeman, the chairman of Blueprint Louisiana and Founder of Louisiana’s Next Horizon and The Alliance For Education, says to create a brighter future for Louisiana requires common sense education reform. This starts with investing in ideas that work, like quality early childhood education. The challenge, he says, is whether Louisiana has the political will to do the work and invest the resources.

Our Views: Early start for students

The Advocate - October 4, 2014 

There were large turnouts of child care providers and advocates for children at unveilings in Baton Rouge and New Orleans of a new state initiative in early childhood education. That interest is warranted, because giving Louisiana’s next generations a healthier start in education is a major undertaking.The initiative also includes an awful lot of moving parts, from private day care providers and Head Start centers to prekindergarten classrooms operated by traditional schools.


September 2014


OneApp will list more New Orleans pre-school programs this year

The Times-Picayune - September 26, 2014, updated October 02, 2014

This winter, New Orleans parents might find it easier to sign up their children for pre-school. That's thanks to an expanded OneApp for 4-year-olds.

OneApp is the computerized lottery that handles enrollment for all but 10 of the city's public elementary and high schools. Last year, it also listed 32 pre-kindergarten programs, and administrators want to add many more - with spots for possibly as many as 2,300 low-income children. Recovery School District Superintendent Patrick Dobard said it would expand "access to high-quality options for our youngest learners."


Preschool is sound investment for Louisiana: A letter to the editor

The Times-Picayune - September 24, 2014

Re: "Louisiana has a plan to improve preschool, now it needs to pay for it," Our Opinions, Sept. 19. We applaud | The Times-Picayune for your recent editorial. We wholeheartedly endorse Louisiana's making early care and education a budget priority this year. The research is unequivocal: Quality early care and education is one of the best investments a state can make. A child's most important brain development occurs from birth through age 4, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health to follow. Like a house, once the foundation is laid, it is difficult and expensive to go back and fix it.


Delay child care reform until all pieces are in place

Lafayette Daily Advocate Editorial - September 23, 2014

They call it Act 3 of 2012 and its purpose is to improve early childhood education for Louisiana children — especially those in the “at­risk” populations. That

will be accomplished through achievement requirements for all children, infants through age 4 years, who attend publicly funded child care facilities.

But funding cuts threaten to make its implementation difficult for child care providers.


Louisiana has a plan to improve preschool, now it needs to pay for it: Editorial

The Times-Picayune - September 19, 2014

Because of the inconsistent quality of preschool in Louisiana, only about half of state children have the basic literacy skills they need when they begin kindergarten. The learning gap may be something as simple as recognizing letters and numbers, but starting out behind can have a lingering impact on how well a child does in school.


We must fund early education act: Clancy Dubos 

WWLTV - September 16, 2014

Two years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers approved the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Act. The act established statewide pre-K programs to give a head start to more than 200,000 children now living in poverty. The act is an educational milestone, but it will accomplish nothing if it's not fully funded. So far, that hasn't happened. The act takes full effect next August. That gives Jindal and lawmakers one more chance to get it right.


Pre-school revamp announced by state officials

The Times-Picayune - September 15, 2014   

Starting in October, state officials will take several steps to revamp Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs. It's part of the state's implementation of Gov. Bobby Jindal's pre-school overhaul, Act 3 of the 2012 legislative session, and related early childhood laws.


Child Care providers concerned about funding

The Town Talk - September 15, 2014  

While most child care providers in the state support efforts to upgrade care and unify the application process for parents, they’re concerned about funding cuts and what it will cost to implement the state’s new plans.

Superintendent of Education John White and Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier on Monday laid out details of a revamped program from a unified approach to meeting the needs of thousands of Louisiana preschoolers who need preparation to begin school.


Details of pre-K overhaul in Louisiana unveiled

The Advocate  - September 15, 2014 

Despite tight state finances, additional financial aid will be needed to make Louisiana’s pre-K overhaul work, state Superintendent of Education John White said Monday. “We do need more money if we are going to do some of these things,” White told a jammed auditorium of child care providers and others.

White, Suzy Sonnier, secretary for the state Department of Children and Family Services, and Kathy Kliebert, secretary for the state Department of Health and Hospitals, all said the changes have the potential to have a huge, positive impact on children before they enter kindergarten.

Advocate Voices Key in Improving Early Care and Education Policies for Louisiana’s Children

Alliance for Early Success Blog Post - September 10, 2014

State education superintendent to discuss pre-school plan in Baton Rouge, New Orleans meetings | The Times-Picayune - September 8, 2014

August 2014


Audit of low-income state child care facilities in New Orleans,

Baton Rouge uncover safety, health issues

Times-Picayune – August 26, 2014

In a recent inspection of child care providers in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, auditors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found numerous infractions, despite the fact that Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services had already inspected the sites. The providers are participating in the Child Care Assistance Program that helps families obtain child care so that they may work or obtain training or education.

Ounce of Prevention-State Policy Mini-Update

The Ounce - August 2015​


Louisiana's pre-schools need more than oil money to remain afloat, officials say | The Times-Picayune - August 11, 2014


July 2014


Pre-K is path to success

Currents – Third Quarter 2014 (p. 20)   

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation looks at the benefits of a reworked and expanded pre-K program, as well as the challenges that families and providers will face if state funding is insufficient. These reforms should improve upon existing services, and they could allow Louisiana to expand its very limited use of Diverse Delivery, where public pre-k is offered in child care or Head Start settings, a national best practices model for pre-K delivery.


Letter: Leger deserves praise for passage of early childhood bills

The Advocate - July 22, 2014

The Policy Institute for Children thanks Rep Walt Leger III for his leadership during the 2014 session on behalf of children, ages birth to four years. His work ensured not only the passage of early childhood bills, but also that these bills incorporated effective policies on behalf of our youngest citizens.


June 2014


Hot Seat with Sula Kim

WDSU - June 9, 2014

Superintendent John White discusses Act 3 and its implementation in Louisiana. He talks about the need for early childhood education - only half of Louisiana’s children can recognize 26 letters and count to 20 by the time they enter kindergarten. He also discusses the state’s plans to rework the existing system and the need for more equitable funding for early childhood programs.


May 2014


Accountability comes to the nursery

Hechinger Report - May 16, 2014

Starting next year, all publicly funded child care, Head Start, and pre-K programs in Louisiana will be held accountable for a child’s development and learning. For the littlest learners, testing means careful observation to make sure they are reaching developmental milestones, like being able to hold a crayon, retell a story, or respond to emotional cues. Any program that serves children under the age of 5 and receives public funding will get a letter grade, and programs that get bad grades for too long will lose their funding.


Louisiana pre-schools adding technology as they seek help paying for it

Times-Picayune – May 15, 2014

As Louisiana imposes academic standards for pre-school education, publicly funded child care centers around the state are beginning to realize they will need to upgrade their technology in order to comply. The new standards assessment tool, Teaching Strategies Gold, is already being piloted in 15 school districts, and it is clear schools, Head Start programs and child care centers will need to have Internet and computers in the classroom for teachers to provide the necessary data. The concern for many programs is how they will pay for the technology and the training.


March 2014


Without funding, Act 3 may limit early childhood education accessibility

LA Budget Project – March 20, 2014

The state Legislature raised the standards for high-quality early childhood education programs when it passed Act 3 in 2012, but lawmakers did not authorize new funding to help centers meet the standards. Some parents are at risk of facing higher tuition costs next year, which they might not be able to afford without additional financial support for low-income and at-risk children.


February 2014


Private Pre-K Feels Heat from Public Providers

Education Week  - February 25, 2014

Expanding publicly funded preschool programs for 4-year-olds is having unintended consequences for private child care providers and parents of children under age 4. Private centers rarely earn much money on infant and toddler care, because the caregiver-to-child ratios have to be kept low, but when 4-year-olds, with their more favorable ratios, leave for a publicly funded program, some private programs falter. No one wants to discourage public funding for early-childhood programs, but if private providers disappear, there will be fewer high-quality slots for parents of infants and toddlers.   


Pre-K education reform approved

American Press – February 20, 2014

In 2012, state lawmakers approved the governor’s Pre-K education reform package, known as Act 3. Pilot programs have been established in 15 parishes, with another 15 parishes are expected to roll out pilot programs in 2014, but the implementation has been hindered by the lack of new dollars. Act 3 raised the standards for all the programs, but neither increased the already inadequate funding per child, nor addressed the large disparity in funding across the programs. It is feared the result might be to set up the programs to fail. Early childhood advocates are hoping that Louisiana Legislators will consider an increase in funding in their next session.


Pre-K overhaul faces funding threat

Advocate – February 16, 2014

Childcare advocates applaud the governor’s plans to overhaul of Louisiana’s fractured prekindergarten system, but they say it is unrealistic to expect better-trained teachers, better facilities and more oversight without additional spending. The fear is that additional costs will be passed on to families, and without additional funding for child care assistance it will make early care and education options less available to the families that need them most.


Funding for early childhood education critical: Letter

Times-Picayune – February 7, 2014

Louisiana passed the Early Child­hood Education Act to improve its early learning system; however, in the past five years, Louisiana has reduced overall funding from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) by more than 50 percent, and the number of children served in CCAP has been cut in half over the same time period. The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families calls upon the Legislature to restore funding for the Child Care Assistance Program in Louisiana.


January 2014


Op-ed: How Preschool Got Hot

New York Times – January 29, 2014

Gail Collins is pleased that so many politicians are calling for improvements in early childhood education because early education is one of the best tools for breaking the poverty-to-poverty trap. “Unfortunately,” Collins says, “it only works if it’s high quality, and high quality is expensive. Yet very little of this newfound enthusiasm comes with serious money attached.”


47 states increased pre-kindergarten spending; Louisiana didn't

Times-Picayune - January 9, 2014

Forty-seven states are spending more money this year on pre-kindergarten programs, according to a new report from the Education Commission on the States. Louisiana, however, is not one of them. Louisiana spent about $91 million of state money to educate four-year-olds during the 2012-13 academic year but this year allocated only $90 million. That's a 1.6 percent decrease, where the national average is an increase of almost 7 percent.




Act Three to reform early childhood education

Knoe Channel 8 Ruston - November 1, 2013


Pre-school teachers express anxiety to John White over early childhood assessment program

Times-Picayune - Oct 22, 2013


Federal Pre-k Aid Sought

Advocate - September 17, 2013


Louisiana to Expand Testing of Pre-K Pilot Projects

Advocate - September 13, 2013


Early Education in Louisiana Takes on a New Shape

WDSU New Orleans - August 5, 2013


Testing 3-and 4-year olds is the newest front in Louisiana school accountability

Times-Picayune - July 21, 2013




Panel favors pre-K overhaul

Advocate - December 5, 2012


Our Views: Another patch for pre-K fund

Advocate - November 14, 2012


Is Louisiana Getting Ready to Test Toddlers?

Andrea Gabor Blog - November 11, 2012


State to review pre-K outline

Advocate - November 05, 2012


Input from early childhood educators needed for implementing Act 3

News Star - October 24, 2012


Letter: Early education spending clarified

News Star - October 13, 2012


Letter: Policy is unfair to children

News Star - October 13, 2012

Testimony on the School Readiness Tax Credits

Louisiana Revenue Study Commission - October 12, 2012

For individual testimony clips, click here.

Education Department at work on pre-k grading plans

The Record - October 10, 2012


Plan to overhaul pre-K proves complicated

Advocate, Baton Rouge - October 06, 2012


Groups: Get more pre-K input

Advocate - October 04, 2012


State to overhaul pre-K

The Advocate - October 02, 2012