Insight Center for Community Economic Development - Roadmap to Success

Initial Findings on Best Practices in Regulation and Quality Improvement of Family Child Day Care Homes

   Click to access report. - Released February 2009

Annie E. Casey Foundation - Creating Opportunities for Families

   Creating Opportunities for Families - Released November 2014

Children's Defense Fund: 2014 State of America's Children

   State of America's Children - Released Fall 2014

Center for American Progress: Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs

   Aligning and Investing in Infant and Toddler Programs - Released October 2014

Annie E. Casey Foundation - KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK 2014

   KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK - Released July 2014

ACES & Protective Factors: Effects on Parent Involvement

    Archived Webinar - Recorded February, 2014

Presentation by Louise Stoney: Early Care + Education Compensation + Policy Options for Louisiana

     Read the report released in August, 2013. 

2013 Louisiana Legislative Spring Session Report

   Click here to access the report.

2012 Louisiana Legislative Session Report

     Click here to access the report.


Invest in Early Childhood Development: Reduce Deficits, Strengthen Louisiana's Economy

Those seeking to reduce deficits and strengthen the economy should make significant investments in early childhood education. Professor Heckman’s ground-breaking work with a consortium of economists, psychologists, statisticians and neuroscientists shows that early childhood development directly influences economic, health and social outcomes for individuals and society. Adverse early environments create deficits in skills and abilities that drive down productivity and increase social costs undefined thereby adding to financial deficits borne by the public.

Early childhood development drives success in school and life. A critical time to shape productivity is from birth to age five, when the brain develops rapidly to build the foundation of cognitive and character skills necessary for success in school, health, career and life. Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability undefined the character skills that turn knowledge into know-how and people into productive citizens.

Investing in early childhood education for at-risk children is an effective strategy for reducing social costs. Every child needs effective early childhood supports undefined and at-risk children from disadvantaged environments are least likely to get them. They come from families who lack the education, social and economic resources to provide the early developmental stimulation that is so helpful for success in school, college, career and life. Poor health, dropout rates, poverty and crime undefined Louisiana can address these problems and substantially reduce their costs to taxpayers by investing in developmental opportunities for at-risk children.

Read James J. Heckman's full article here.

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