About Agenda for Children

About Agenda for Children

Agenda for Children is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to make Louisiana a state in which all children can thrive. Agenda for Children works to improve child well-being in Louisiana through three key strategies:

  • improving the quality of early childhood and education through “on the ground” work in the early care and education sector in Southeast Louisiana;
  • informing public discussions on children by monitoring the well-being of children at the state and parish levels through the KIDS COUNT project; and
  • advocating for better policies and programs to serve Louisiana’s children throughout the legislative and regulatory processes.

Early Childhood Institute

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) serves as the umbrella for all of Agenda for Children’s early childhood work. The Early Childhood Institute (ECI), through research, education, outreach, and public policy advocacy, is committed to helping transform early childhood care and education in the greater New Orleans region and across Louisiana. The long-term goal of the ECI is to be a leading center where practitioners, community members, and policy makers collaborate to advance a unified approach that can improve the lives of young children and families and the early childhood systems that support them. The Institute’s current programs and initiatives include: Child Care Resource & Referral Services (CCR&R), a Child Development Associate (CDA) program, the Preschool Expansion Grant (PEG) project, the New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN), and School Services.

The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) will provide professional development opportunities for Agenda’s staff as well as staff working in public and private early care and education programs and schools enrolling children from birth to eight years of age. The ECI will offer credit and noncredit opportunities for professional development including; 1) courses, certificates and credentials for early care and education professionals, 2) degree pathways for early care and education administrators and teachers, and 3) trainings, institutes, workshops and conferences relevant to the sector and to satisfy state requirements.

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