EARLY CHILDHOOD

Active on the local and state level, the Coalition provides a range of programs that combine to create a systemic approach to quality child care and education. Children’s Coalition Early Head Start offers a model program for children ages 0-3. Child Care Connections, a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, delivers teacher training, coaching and technical assistance and parent referrals to quality child care. The Coalition also works with state agencies and advocacy groups to create community networks that share resources, align programs and services and provide a “no wrong door” approach for families looking for early care and education. 

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Children's Coalition Early Head Start

Three centers in Ouachita Parish offer a comprehensive child development program for low-income families and their children ages 0-3.

Child Care Connections

The Child Care Resource and Referral agency for the northeast region of Louisiana directs parents to quality child care, provides training for teachers and technical assistance for child care centers and family child care homes.

Early Childhood Community Networks

As the Early Childhood Lead Agency for Ouachita Parish, Morehouse Parish and Richland Parish the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana intends to request funding from the Louisiana Department of Education to fund existing and additional four-year-old seats for LA4, NSECD and Pre-K Expansion Grant seats for the 2018-2019 school year.

Click on the following links to review the proposed funding requests.

MORE Network Coordinated Funding Request

RICH Network Coordinated Funding Request

OPEN Network Coordinated Funding Request

Comments are welcomed by both the Early Childhood Program Partners from the OPENetwork, MORE Network, RICH Network as well as from the community. Comments can be submitted to aclancy@childrenscoalition.org prior to November 28th, 2017.

Mental Health Consultation for Child Care

Working with Tulane University and Quality Start, mental health consultation is offered to all Class A licensed child care centers in this region. Research shows that child care centers that have incorporated mental health consultants into their programs have found a decrease in staff turnover rates, a decrease in reports of staff stress and feelings of burnout, and an increase in job satisfaction. Contact Patti McGilton at PMcGilton@childrenscoalition.org for more information.

What's Love Got to Do With It - Handouts from Teacher Leader Summit, New Orleans - 2016

Louisiana Shared Resources 

The Louisiana Alliance for Shared Resources (LAASR) is dedicated to assisting early care and education programs in lowering costs, improving financial stability and increasing quality. Contact Amy Clancy, LAASR Manager, at AClancy@childrenscoalition.org for more information.