Poll shows early education is important to more than 70% of north Louisiana voters

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children (LPIC) has released new polling data showing that over 70 percent of active voters in North Louisiana think it is important for the state to increase investments in early care and education to expand access for families.

“At a time when Louisiana has record low unemployment and an especially strong economic forecast, it is even more critical for the state to make investments in its children and families,” said Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D., executive director of LPIC. “Investment in early care and education gives thousands of parents the support they need to be productive members of the workforce while choosing the high-quality early care and education programs that work best for their children.”

The poll also found strong bipartisan support for increasing state investment in early care and education, including 64 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats.

“Too many Louisiana families are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table. The cost of everyday life — including child care — is rising every day,” said Sonnier. “Investing in early care and education and young children results in direct returns for our state and communities. The more we invest in young children today, the more we all benefit tomorrow.”

Poll respondents overwhelmingly view improving the availability of early care and education as important to their community and the state, and 73 percent are more likely to support candidates who support expanding access to early care and education.

“It is clear North Louisianans value early care and education, and want state investments to reflect those values,” added Sonnier. “There is room for us to truly make children our priority and strengthen Louisiana’s economy. The time for our state to invest in our children, parents, and workforce is now.”

The poll was conducted April 20-29, 2023, with 1,150 active voters in North Louisiana by telephone. The poll margin of error is +/- 3 percent.

The full poll summary is available here. To learn more about LPIC, please visit www.policyinstitutela.org.

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