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. 



Children's Coalition Early Head Start

Five 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 Early Childhood Network is a collaborative effort to lead the reforms called for by the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Act (Act 3 of the 2012 legislative session). The Children's Coalition serves as the Lead Agency for three early childhood networks. This includes many partner programs in the region, including every pre-kindergarten program in a public school, every private school participating in the Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development (NSECD), every Head Start program, and Early Head Start program, child care centers that accept Child Care Assistance, and the Early Steps program.



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 for more information.



Kids 1st Morehouse

We are a team of professionals and families who are passionate about early childhood. We believe that a child’s first 3 years of life are extremely important to their future, and we are dedicated to making sure every child has the resources needed to thrive.

Kids 1st Morehouse


Ancillary Teaching Certificate

Want to further your career in Early Childhood Education? Enroll today in the ATC program, through The Children's Coalition Institute for NELA.

  • Receive CDA and Ancillary Teaching Certificate
  • Intensive support and assistance with compiling CDA portfolio
  • 30 applied practice hours (which includes visits to high-quality classrooms, so you can see effective teaching in action) and 120 instructional hours required for CDA included in program
  • Must be a lead teacher in a Type III center and have less than 80 hours toward CDA
  • 9-month program– weekly attendance required!
Ancillary Teaching Certificate


Pre-K Expansion

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana provides oversight for two high-quality Pre-K classrooms in a child care setting in conjunction with Monroe City Schools.



Earnestine Dunn
Ancillary Teaching Certificate Director

Amy Clancy
Child Care Connections/ Lead Agency

Julie Emory 
ECCS Program Director

Jennifer Calhoun 
Child Care Connections/ Lead Agency

Erika Breshears
EHS Mentor Coach

Cynthia Cage
Child Care Specialist

Aven Ford
Child Care Specialist

Chasidee Baker
Child Care Specialist

Jasmine Brisco
Child Care Specialist