Ms. Revia Ellis is one of those parents that never quits. I met Ms. Revia a few years ago and still remember being struck by her presence, her poise, and her passion for kids. Ms. Revia immediately made me feel comfortable, like we’d known each other for years. A mother of three, I am still amazed she has the time to play such an integral role in advancing quality early education in Orleans Parish. That is exactly why Stand for Children Louisiana nominated her for the Bureau of Governmental Research’s prestigious Excellence in Government Awards in the Citizenship category earlier this year.
“BGR’s Citizenship Award recognizes private citizens who have worked to improve the quality of government,” said Amy Glovinsky, BGR President & CEO. “Ms. Ellis was instrumental in securing the City’s first ever financial commitment to early childhood education, and has informed state legislators as they consider early childhood education policy and funding issues.”
Ms. Revia was the parent lead in Stand’s work to secure a historic city-wide investment in quality early education. Stand, with the help of Ms. Revia and Mischelle Davis, an Education Leadership graduate and early care provider, made the ask of the New Orleans City Council for $750,000 to fund a pilot program to expand access to quality early education programs at-risk 0-3 year olds. Ms. Revia testified before the City Council’s Budget Committee in August 2017, flanked by Stand Parent Members holding more than 400 petition signatures in support of the funding, and spoke about her experience trying to find a quality early learning center for her own children, her conversations with neighbors going through the same experience, and how her experience encouraged her to pursue her certificate in early childhood education to become a provider herself.
Stand nominated Ms. Revia for this award because the children in Orleans Parish deserve a champion fighting for them, and she deserves to be recognized for the time, grit, tenacity, determination, resolve, and passion she has put into this campaign. But anyone who knows Ms. Revia knows she will not stop now. Her next step is to host a series of Stand University for Parent (Stand UP) workshops at early education centers around the city to talk with parents about how their role as their student’s first and best teacher, how to bring education into everyday activities like grocery shopping, and how they can get involved in advocacy to further expand access to quality early education programs. To support Ms. Revia’s Stand UP classes, please click this link and make your tax-deductive donation to Stand.
BGR said it recognized Ellis’s powerful advocacy for quality early childhood education, work that has been influential at both the community and policy levels. BGR presents one citizenship award every year, and there is no one more deserving than Ms. Revia.