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Governors' Response Team: Building Support for Early Childhood Education in Louisiana

Donald Songy, senior education policy advisor to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, discusses his state’s successful effort to create a new Early Childhood Care and Education Commission. Beginning with only an idea and a small group of supporters, Songy’s team partnered with the National Governors Association’s Governors' Response Team to hold a luncheon, provide information, and ultimately rally the support of 50 legislative cosponsors.

Songy also discusses Louisiana’s use of tax credits to bolster early childhood programs and provides tips for policymakers and researchers hoping to make a difference in education. Part of the 2018 CPRE Knowledge Hub/NGA Interview Series, filmed at the 2018 Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute in Little Rock, AR.