Agenda for Children

Early Care and Education Workshops

Introducing a new approach to professional development

We are changing our approach to providing professional development opportunities to better serve the early childhood community. In much the same way that everything you do in the classroom is intentional and designed to maximize children’s learning, we want to make sure that all of our professional development offerings are designed specifically to maximize your learning and effectiveness in the classroom.

Going forward, we want to provide you with a cohesive learning experience, so most of our workshops will be offered through all-day seminars on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Rather than offering a random assortment of workshops throughout the year, our seminars will give you the option of registering for up to four related two-hour workshops in a single day, letting you earn up to eight clock hours of professional development in one day.  Each seminar will give you a “deep dive” into a theme related to CLASS so that you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to improve your interactions with children. Here's what you can expect:

Upcoming Seminars


Register now for our April 22nd Seminar in New Orleans

We are hosting a seminar dedicated to improving children's health and emotionlal well-being on April 22nd at Delgado Community College's Jefferson campus! Visit our New Orleans Region Seminar page for more information!

Register for our March 25th Seminar in Thibodaux

Join us in Thibodaux on March 25th for a full day of workshops related to fostering connections, language development and much more! Visit our Houma Region Seminar page for more information!


Join us on April 1st in Hammond

We have a whole day of trainings related to curriculum, movement and learning, language modeling and more. Visit our Northshore page to learn more and register for classes.

Register for Classes

Sign up online for Agenda for Children trainings at Be sure to follow these directions to learn how to access your account. Through the system, you can:

We have put together a few manuals to help you learn how to use the new system:

Our training program offers foundational courses related to CLASS, Teaching Strategies GOLD and the Early Learning and Development Standards for free to staff who work at Type III child care centers and family child care providers registered with the Child Care Assistance Program. Staff at schools and Type I and Type II centers can attend workshops at a cost of $10 a participant. 

Note that if you don't have a credit card and need to pay for a class with a check, you can download an extra registration form here. Registrations can be mailed to:

Agenda for Children
Attn: Training Department
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 201
New Orleans, LA 70118

If you work for a school that only uses purchase orders, please contact us at to arrange payment.

Fee Based Training

Agenda for Children offers fee-based, private trainings to meet the additional needs of child care programs and family child care providers, on topics such as Health & Safety, CPR & First Aid, Family Engagement, Behavior Management, Instructional Support and much more!  Click here for a full catalog of our training options. To make arrangements for these fee-based, private trainings, please contact us at

Ancillary Certificate

Beginning on June 30, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate as a minimum credential. Visit our Ancillary Certificate page to learn more about how the Ancillary Certificate.

Get Notified about Future Trainings

If you would like to receive emails about upcoming workshops in your area, please click here to sign up for our newsletter-be sure to sign up for either "Child Care Center Directors" or "Early Childhood Educators" list in the appropriate region(s). We also have a special sign-up form for anyone who is interested in taking a CLASS Observer training or Introduction to TS GOLD. 

Our Team

Kenya Harris, Emily Trout and Ashley Plaisance are our program assistants. They can assist you in your registration process. They are also happy to help you determine which classes your staff would benefit from, guide you through your Pathways application, and answer questions about CLASS and Teaching Strategies GOLD. 

New Orleans: Kenya Harris is based out of our New Orleans office and can be contacted at 504.586.8509, ext. 125 or
Northshore: Emily Trout works in our Mandeville office and can be contacted at 985.624.2950 or
Houma region: Ashley Plaisance is based out of our Houma office and can be reached at 985.446.8330 or


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