Spotlight

 

Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Releases Report: 

Losing Ground- How Child Care Impacts Louisiana's Workforce Productivity and the State Economy

 

The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children collaborated with LSU's Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) and other researchers to understand the impact of child care issues on Louisiana's workforce, businesses and the economy. 

 

LSU's PPRL conducted a statewide survey of households with children age 4 and under, asking a series of questions investigating the intersection between workforce participation and child care issues. Then, an economist estimated the economic impact of child care instability using the survey results. 

 

 

The first-of-its-kind study found the following:

 

  • Employee absences and turnover costs due to child care issues cost Louisiana employers $816 million a year

  • Child care issues result in a $1.1 billion loss annually for Louisiana's economy; and

  • Louisiana loses almost $84 million in tax revenue annually due to lost workplace productivity.

  • 14% of Louisiana parents with young children turned down a promotion due to child care issues, 16% quit their jobs, and 8% were fired for the same reason. 

 

More details can be found in the report here and in a one-page brief about the report here. For a copy of the press release, please click here

 

 

For effects on women in the workforce here.  

 

Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Releases Report:

Giving Credit Where It's Due-School Readiness Tax Credits Benefit Louisiana Families and Communities

 

A new report from the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children shows the School Readiness Tax Credits stand out as a national model for effecting positive change without ballooning costs.

 

The Report concludes that these tax credits have been an effective policy lever in:

  • Supporting an industry of small businesses—child care centers—that is critical for the state’s families and local economies;

  • Supporting enhanced quality in the early care and education sector creating greater access to higher quality care for at-risk young children;

  • Incentivizing teachers of young children to strengthen their credentials;

  • Increasing awareness and use of higher quality programs;

  • Incentivizing local investment in early care and education; and

  • Improving outcomes for Louisiana’s young children

 

 

In addition, these credits have been used as the state match and maintenance of effort for the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant, which brings over $80 million in federal funds into Louisiana to support a host of early care and education services.

 

To view the full Report, click here.

To view the Press Release for the Report, click here.

To view an explanation of what the Louisiana School Readiness Tax Credits are, click here. 

 

 

Louisiana Early Childhood Profile

 

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at the Colombia University Mailman School of Public Health has updated their early childhood state policy profiles. The profiles provide a two-generation view of current policies affecting children birth to age 8 in the areas of early care and education, health,  and parenting/family economic supports. Check out the Louisiana Early Childhood Profile here

 

 

Measuring Up: Strengthening Louisiana's Early Childhood Accountability System

 

Read the latest report released by the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children here. For a quick summary, check out the executive summary or read the press release here.  

 

Revisions to the Early Childhood Accountability System as passed by the state board of education in June 2016, can be found here.  

 

We're the Guys You Pay Later: Report linking pre-K investment to lower prison costs in Louisiana

 

report released by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national, bipartisan, nonprofit, anti-crime organization, highlights how high-quality preschool can help cut future crime and curb prison costs. Louisiana currently spends about $470 million a year to incarcerate people, not including what is spent in local jails. The report found that if Louisiana continues investing in pre-K programs, the state could save over $159 million.

 

An analysis of over 20 pre-kindergarten programs for disadvantaged children showed that "quality pre-k returned an average “profit” (economic benefits minus costs) to society of nearly $30,000 for every child served by cutting crime and the cost of incarceration and reducing other costs such as special education and grade retention."

 

The organization held a press conference to debut this report on April 13, 2016, at the Greenwell Springs Kindercare Learning Center in Baton Rouge featuring Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and City of Port Allen Chief of Police Esdron Brown. Their message was clear: Pay for high-quality early education programs now or pay far more later for the costs of crime in Louisiana.

 

Find their press release here.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has a membership of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors, with 96 members in Louisiana. Find more at their website: www.fightcrime.org.

 

 

Reports Released by the Department of Education

The Department of Education recently released two reports of note:

 

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 174 of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session requested that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) identify funding sources of state and federal funds available in Louisiana to be used for early childhood care and education, as well as additional potential funding sources used by other states for such purpose, and submit a written report to the House and Senate Committees on Education by January 15, 2016; and

 

  • Act 364 Learning Year Report  

    Act 364 (HB 844) of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session required the state board to designate the 2015-2016 school year as an academic learning year in which a three-level rating system (as opposed to letter grades) be used to create practice performance profiles for publicly funded sites and the community networks in which they are included. The act required that any ratings assigned during the 2015-2016 school year are practice ratings for the academic learning year. The state board is required to submit a written report on the progress of the academic learning year to the House and Senate Committees on Education not later than forty-five days prior to the beginning of the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature.