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Access to Education


3,398 children enrolled in high-quality early childhood programs

85% of children served achieved developmental milestones

10,526 youth served accessed school and community-based programs and/or individualized support

87% of middle/high school youth served earned passing grades in core subjects

13 policies promoted, enacted, or modified to promote education



City Year New Orleans

City Year – Whole School, Whole Child
There’s no question: Helping children thrive in school is crucial to their future success, but it’s not always easy. City Year, a United Way Community Partner, trains teams of AmeriCorps members to help close gaps in high-need schools by supporting students' academic and social-emotional development while providing schools with additional capacity to enhance school culture and climate. 
Extra support from City Year team members can be transformational for students dealing with the complex barriers to education that come with living in poverty. One City Year team member, Madi, served in 5th and 7th grade intervention classes at a school in New Orleans. She responded to student needs and behavior issues by adapting standards-based lessons for small groups. The 37 students in her intervention groups improved their test scores by an average 29%, and 30% achieved their year-long testing goals in the first four months. Madi’s success is just one example of the extraordinary student achievement possible when our most vulnerable learners are provided with the supports necessary to succeed.

Learn more about City Year at

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The United Way of Southeast Louisiana 2019 Public Policy Legislative Agenda, “United for a Safe & Prosperous Community,” continues our advocacy fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person. This agenda is aligned with United Way’s Blueprint for Prosperity, our plan to eradicate poverty in Southeast Louisiana, and lifts up ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) – households who are living paycheck to paycheck, one financial emergency from falling into poverty.
For the first time in ten years, Louisiana has made a new state investment in early care and education (ECE). This investment is a significant accomplishment and will allow 1,450 additional children to access the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and 800 children to access a Pre-K program with these new funds. The increased funding will decrease the economic costs Louisiana employers and working households face when affordable, high-quality ECE is not accessible.   
NEW funding for Early Care and Education in ACT 10 (House Bill 105), the State Budget: $15.2 million 
  • NEW state funding for the CCAP for children birth through age 3:
    • $2.3 million to raise the maximum provider payment rates for the current 15,000 seats (as Louisiana is under corrective action by the federal government to do so) 
    • $8.9 million for CCAP slots at the new rate, which will fund an additional 1,450 children on the CCAP waitlist
      • This leaves 4,050 children remaining who are on the waitlist or authorized and unfunded for CCAP.
    • Total new funding for CCAP: $11.2 million 
  • NEW state funding to sustain the current level of the Pre-K Program: 
  • $4 million for Pre-K for four-year-olds to replace a federal grant that is ending this school year and fund 800 seats 
  • These are EXISTING ECE funds that the Louisiana Department of Education will use to cover the remaining Pre-K slots that were funded by the federal grant.
  • NEW funding for Early Care and Education in ACT 171 (HB 544), Harrah’s Casino Contract: $3.6 million 
  • $3.6 million will go to the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Trust Fund if the casino revenues are greater than $60 million (which they have been for every year for the last 10 years except one, in 2017) 
  • This bill renews the contract of Harrah’s as the land-based casino in New Orleans.
Learn more about our advoacy efforts in our 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up.