Over the past few years, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC) has documented through various studies and surveys the burden Louisiana’s decreasing investment in Early Child Care and Education has placed upon businesses, families, the school system and child care providers themselves.
Now, a poll released by LPIC further documents how Louisiana voters are united behind sustainable funding to make quality programs for their children more affordable and accessible.
“This year, the Governor and Legislature, as well as the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have all agreed with the work of the Early Childcare and Education Commission convened by State Representative Stephanie Hilferty in that we need an infusion of state funding into programs that care for our 0-4 year-olds,” said LPIC Director Melanie Bronfin. “This research shows voters not only agree with this strategy but demand more help in these programs now.”
Key findings from the March survey of 600 Louisiana voters (margin of error +/- 4) are that a large majority (86%) of likely voters in Louisiana said that quality, affordable child care is an important issue in their communities. Similarly, a large majority of likely Louisiana voters support increasing state funding for quality child care that would benefit working class families, including over 50% of voters in each region of the state, 50% of conservative voters, and 86% of liberal voters.
Additional findings are:
The poll summary is located here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/43cca3_322f721ba21c4f1791a3d318e1857799.pdf
Find more information here: www.policyinstitutela.org
Interviews: Melanie Bronfin, Director, LPIC (504) 228-0988 or D. Johnson (504) 881-3273.