Agenda for Children

NOEEN Steering Committee

The New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) is a collaborative partnership between every publicly funded early education provider in the city. NOEEN is managed by Agenda for Children.

Strategic Plan

Over the course of the past fall and winter, NOEEN Steering committee members worked with early childhood stakeholders and Bellwether Education Partners to develop a vision for NOEEN's future. Click here to read the Strategic Plan.

Job Announcement: Founding Executive Director of NOEEN

Later this year, NOEEN will become an independent, intermediary organization with the capacity to bring together stakeholders across the ECE sector, identify opportunities for improvement, attract new supports and funds, and work aggressively towards a unifying vision for ECE excellence citywide.

The search for the founding Executive Director of NOEEN is now open. Initial priorities for the Executive Director will be to:

• conduct a landscape analysis and assessment of ECE programs and services for families
• gather and lead a high impact group of individuals to launch NOEEN
• expand supply of and access to high quality early childhood education (ECE) programs; and
• carry out the key provisions for lead agencies required by the State’s Act 3 legislation.

To learn more about the executive director position, click here.

Steering Committee Members

Every sector (centers, Head Start, public schools and private schools) and funding sourcees (CCAP, LA4, Preschool Expansion Grant (PEG), NSECD, Early Head Start and Head Start) are represented on the steering committee. Current members include:


Funding Source or Program Type


Dr. Anthony Recasner, Chair Lead Agency Agenda for Children
Kunjan Narechania - Recovery School District
Mary Garton - Orleans Parish School Board
Maria Blanco Early Head Start LSU Health Sciences Center
Dr. Keith Liederman Head Start Kingsley House
Thelma French Head Start Total Community Action

Kristi Givens

CCAP, Early Head Start, PEG Kids of Excellence
Sonjia Joseph CCAP, LA4, NSECD, Early Head Start Clara's Little Lambs
Carole Elliot NSECD Archdiocese of New Orleans
Joyce Ridgeway Early Steps Department of Health, Region 1
Kate Mehok LA4 Crescent City Schools

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

All Meetings will be held from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Agenda for Children Office (8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 201) unless otherwise notified. All meetings are open to the public. Please sign up for our newsletter, New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) News to be informed of any changes to the meeting schedule. Note that it is the last option on the sign-up form.


June 13, 2017 Meeting Materials

March 21, 2017 Meeting Materials

January 24, 2017 Meeting Materials

Past Meeting Materials

November 29, 2016 Meeting Materials
September 27, 2016 Meeting Materials
August 23, 2016
April 5, 2016
March 1, 2016
January 14, 2016
November 18, 2015
September 3, 2015
August 4, 2015

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