Agenda for Children is a nonprofit advocacy and service organization that focuses on the well-being of children, from birth through eighteen years of age. Our mission is to make Louisiana a state in which all children can thrive.
Areas of Expertise
Since its founding in 1984, Agenda for Children has worked to increase and preserve government support for families, improve the quality of childcare and K – 12 public education, increase children’s access to health care, make the foster care system work better, and overhaul the juvenile justice system. The diversity of programs that have been created and managed by Agenda’s staff and the issues that Agenda championed has helped the staff to acquire a deep understanding of children and the individual and support systems that they need to become healthy, well educated, and productive citizens.
While our current portfolio of program activities demonstrates a concentrated focus on early care and education, we have the capabilities and depth to work with individuals and organizations to address almost any issue related to children’s well-being. Our programs and projects have changed over time, but our commitment to achieving successful outcomes for children has not.
In addition to the programmatic work outlined below, our staff members are actively engaged in a wide variety of child-related activities, including:
- strengthening civic participation in and philanthropic support for children’s issues
- ensuring that children’s nutritional needs are a high public priority
- supporting the creation of programs to enrich children
We also lend our expertise to organizations by serving on boards, commissions, task forces, and advisory councils that focus on improving outcomes for children.
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
Agenda for Children's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program is the LDE-contracted child care resource and referral agency for 12 parishes in Southeast Louisiana and works to improve the quality of early education through three key initiatives:
- Resource and Referral: The “R & R” program connects parents to child care that meets their specific needs.
- Child Care Coaching: Our coaching program provides on-site coaching to Type III child care centers. Through the TA process, our experienced coaches work with child care providers to improve program quality and assist centers in improving the quality of teacher-child interactions.
- Workshops for Early Care and Education Professionals: Our training program provides professional development opportunities for early childhood educators, offering workshops on topics related to CLASS, curriculum, child assessment, child development, and program administration.
New Orleans Early Care and Education Network
The New Orleans Early Care and Education Network (NOEEN) is a collaborative effort to implement the reforms called for by the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Act (Act 3 of the 2012 legislative session). NOEEN includes over 150 partner programs in the city of New Orleans, including every prekindergarten program in a public school, every private school participating in the Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development (NSECD), every Head Start program, all Type III child care centers and the Early Steps program. NOEEN partners are also working together to increase the number of at-risk children served in high-quality early care and education programs.
Louisiana KIDS COUNT
Louisiana KIDS COUNT, a project of Agenda for Children since 1991, provides policymakers and local leaders with accurate, up-to-date information about the well-being of children in Louisiana. Louisiana KIDS COUNT produces the annual Data Book on Louisiana’s Children, which presents parish-by-parish profiles of children’s educational, social, emotional, and economic well-being. KIDS COUNT data is also available through the online KIDS COUNT Data Center.
>>Visit the Louisiana KIDS COUNT page to learn more and download our latest publications.