Dear Partners and Friends,
This month, we met with several members of Congress from Louisiana to urge them to join the bipartisan support for substantial investments in early care and education. We are hopeful that Congress can include a significant investment in early care and education, in the reconciliation package to both increase the supply of and expand access to high-quality early care and education programs and extend the expanded child tax credit to help more families afford necessities for their children.
As you may know, the United States Senate recently approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package. Last week, the House passed a $3.5 trillion budget framework and plans to vote on the infrastructure bill that already passed in the Senate on September 27.
Right now we are gearing up to conduct the fifth survey of child care providers this September in order to gauge the state of Louisiana’s child care sector. This survey is part of a series of surveys that we have conducted since March 2020 and survey results will be released later this fall.
Finally, we are excited to support Ascension Parish with its efforts to invest juvenile justice dollars in early care and education programs. We recently released a fact sheet about how investments in high-quality early care and education programs can help prevent future crime which can be found here.
As always, we offer our organization as a resource to answer questions related to our research around early care and education in Louisiana. Thank you for your commitment to Louisiana’s youngest learners!