"If I had to choose one word to sum up the Children’s Coalition, it would be “thrive.” To truly flourish, a child must have a strong start, be cared for and given the proper resources at each stage of his life, but s/he must also be part of a larger ecosystem that supports that growth.”

-Lynn V. Clark PhD, Executive Director



The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is a membership-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating communities where children and families thrive. We address the needs of children and youth ages 0-18 in four main areas: Early Care and Education, Healthy Living, Parent Education and Youth Development.

The need for an organization that could quickly move between and work within other non-profits to meet community needs was first identified in 1998 at a regional Summit on Youth. There was a clear recognition of how much stronger our communities would be if organizations collaborated and became partners in solving and meeting the needs of children. The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana came into being as a result of this visionary thinking.

This is an important year for the Coalition—we are coming up on our 20th anniversary and have moved to a new location downtown—117 Hall Street. The new building will bring all of our programs under one roof to create a “one-stop-shop” for children and families in northeast Louisiana. We will even have an Early Head Start classroom at the back of the building. 



Through providing services that address critical issues and raise the level of care and support for children 0-18 in our region, it’s the hope of the Children’s Coalition to create a stronger, more empowered community that will bring prosperity to Northeast Louisiana.

Creating communities where children and families thrive by…

  • Collaborating with partner organizations and agencies to identify and address critical issues related to children and youth.
  • Facilitating change by bringing together people and programs to meet specific needs of children and families in our community. 
  • Educating parents, professionals and policy-makers on “what works” for children in our community.



The “coalition” name of our organization reflects our continued belief that the best problem solving for children and families occurs at the local level with coalitions developing collaborative efforts from all parts of the community—non-profits, government agencies, civic and faith-based organizations, businesses, families and individuals.

You are a critical component of this coalition. By joining the Children’s Coalition, you become part of the process as we build a broad base of support at the community and state levels for essential programs and policy. Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.