EARLY CHILDHOOD

“The foundation for the Children’s Coalition efforts begins with a 360 degree view of a child. Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and live in a stress-free environment. Early childhood should involve practicing healthy habits, including proper nutrition and exercise, and having access to high quality learning opportunities.” Maureen Gallagher, Director of Operations and 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

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is the lead agency for early childhood networks in Ouachita, Morehouse and Richland Parishes.

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.