Action Alert: Prioritize Children in the New Orleans City Budget
The Mayor's Office of Youth and Families was created to help make New Orleans a child- and family-centered City. The draft of the 2024 City of New Orleans budget sent to the City Council, however, doesn't include key investments from prior years or respond to the current needs of children and families. The New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading needs your help to ensure our children and families are a top priority in the 2024 City of New Orleans budget.
Please use this form in advance of the November 10th City Council hearing on the Office of Youth and Families' budget to email your City Councilmember to request that the City:
1. Maintain the City's current investment of $3M in strategies shown to support children's success through the Office of Youth and Families budget, including stipends for early childhood education teachers who remain in the field to meet the critical teacher shortage, social workers to support students who are at-risk of chronic absence, and additional out-of-school time programming that helps keep children on track; and
2. Make additional investments to support families with young children through the Office of Youth and Families.
With your help, we can ensure all children have the foundational supports they need to thrive.