1. Commit to LA B to 3 by increasing access to quality early care and education for Louisiana’s working families in the next year by 30%.
Appropriate $86 million in state funds, as recommended by the bipartisan Early Childhood Care and Education Commission in the LA B to 3 report, which will provide additional seats in quality early care and education for working families, increase the rate paid to providers, and ensure a one-third increase in the current number of children birth to age three served by state-administered programs.
Include an appropriation to the Early Childhood Education Fund in 2020 to support local government’s LA B to 3 efforts until its funding mechanism is fully implemented.
2. Establish an LA B to 3 Early Care and Education Fiscal Commission to study, prior to the 2021 Fiscal Legislative Session, long-term funding solutions for the continued expansion of LA B to 3, including tax credits, local taxing authorities, and the impacts of LA B to 3 on Louisiana’s workforce and economy.