Education Policy and Advocacy

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Our Vision

Education services should wrap around children and families from birth to adulthood, equipping them with the resources they need move out of poverty, achieve financial stability, and thrive.  

What We Believe

LSA believes access to high-quality early childhood education and development programs is key to a child’s long-term success. We will work to improve access to these programs, and others necessary to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, and 21st century citizenship.  This includes efforts to improve educational stability for homeless youth and students in foster care, and creating opportunities for families through adult education, home visiting, and two-generation programming.

What We Support

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities by working with our members to identify and advance practitioner-informed policies. Within Education, LSA has specific policy and advocacy goals related to Early Childhood Development and Learning and Elementary and Secondary Education.  Below, learn more about the legislative, administrative, and regulatory actions we support. 

Early Childhood Development and Learning

Children should have access to a continuum of high-quality early childhood development, education, and home visiting programs that can comprehensively address their needs and the needs of their families.  Specifically, LSA supports:

  • Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (P.L. 110 – 134)
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-10)
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (P.L. 114-95)

Elementary and Secondary Education

Every child – including homeless youth and students in foster care – should have access to high-quality K-12 education, including after school and summer learning programs that promote healthy development and social-emotional wellness. Specifically, LSA supports:

  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (P.L. 114-95)
  • The Education Stability for Foster Youth Act (S. 1639, H.R. 3087)

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.  We will work with our members, policymakers, stakeholders, and other national partners to advocate for our practitioner-informed programmatic and solutions-based policy goals. Contact LSA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lindsey Copeland, to learn more about LSA policy and advocacy.