As advocates and providers of Early Childhood Education, the Urban League of Louisiana and The Education Trust hosted a second Education Tele-Town Hall “Early Childhood Education: Taking Care of the Caretakers” on Tuesday, June 9.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector has experienced significant and unique challenges dealing with and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of advocating for increased funding and access, childcare centers and organizations that support them now face difficult questions about re-opening, the status of funding, and whether ECE programs will be able to sustain after months of being closed.

Belencia Breaux
Director, Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center, Urban League of Louisiana

Kenny Francis, Director
Child Advocacy and Policy Center, Agenda for Children

Thelma French, President and CEO
Total Community Action

Judy Reese Morse
President and CEO, Urban League of Louisiana

Calandra Robinson
The Learning Tree Academy, Baton Rouge

Keisha Smith
State Director of Louisiana, Education Trust

Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

Moderated by Takema Robinson, Founder and CEO, Converge