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Williamson’s Notes: United for Justice

On Memorial Day, I shared a hope publicly that we could honor the fallen by ensuring we strive to be one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. That night, George Floyd’s senseless death provided yet another stark reminder that we, as a people, are not doing enough to promise the most basic of freedoms and equal access to justice to everyone. Especially people of color.

Local education advocates join forces to launch child care provider assistance program: United for Early Care and Education

4/30/2020

United Way, Loyola College of Law, Agenda for Children to provide technical, legal assistance to providers seeking COVID-19 relief funding

NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) Thursday launched an early care and education (ECE) provider assistance program, United for Early Care and Education, to help child care providers navigate new public funding and supports rolled out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Empty Desks, Missed Opportunities: Tackling Chronic School Absence

After a summer of fun, desks in classrooms across our region are once again filled with bright minds eager to learn. But what happens when some of those seats are empty too often? 

Chronic absence, defined as a student missing 10% or more of the school year, is a significant problem in Orleans Parish public schools. By the end of the of the 2017-18 school year, 26% of students were chronically absent

Louisiana advocates, policymakers gather to discuss children’s bleak outcomes: What can be done to turn the tide?

“A Conversation About Our Children” event at governor’s mansion highlights ways to improve opportunity for Louisiana children, recognizes successes of state’s foster care system

NEW ORLEANS – Child welfare advocates and policymakers gathered last month to discuss a harsh reality – children in Louisiana experience some of the nation’s worst outcomes in health, education, economic well-being, and family and community. 

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