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Joyful Journeys Summit

New Opportunity: Summer Joyful Journeys!

Joyful Journeys for City Seats Providers

June 13 & 14 9AM-4PM Joyful Journeys for City Seats Providers

Join us for this two-day session that focuses on using Conscious Discipline in our work with children and families and developing emotional resilience and regulation in ourselves. We also address concerns about expectations and best practices when we suspect that children in our programs have exceptionalities or special needs. Lunch and coffee are provided.

This event is open at no cost to teachers and administrators at City Seats Programs.

June 13 & 14 9AM-4PM, Registration begins at 8:30AM

University of Holy Cross Moreau Center

4123 Woodland Dr, New Orleans, LA 70131


Joyful Journeys for City Seats Providers: Program Year Orientation for City Seats Providers

June 15, 9AM-3PM Joyful Journeys For City Seats Providers: Program Year Orientation

Agenda for Children City Seats team will host a mandatory City Seats provider orientation on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Center administrators are encouraged to join to learn about the 2024-2025 programmatic year. Please plan to join us for a full day orientation from 9am- 3pm. If you have any questions, reach out to Dr. Thomas at

City Seats program administrators should register for this session.

June 15 9AM-3PM, Registration begins at 8:30AM

University of Holy Cross Moreau Center

4123 Woodland Dr, New Orleans, LA 70131


Learn about the original Joyful Journeys Summit:

From January 11-13th, Agenda for Children hosted the Joyful Journeys Summit at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. For three days, approximately 100 educators from across the Greater New Orleans area explored and celebrated behavior, inclusion, and wellness in early childhood education.

On Thursday, January 11th, and Friday, January 12th, Tonya Byous, of Conscious Discipline, presented a 12 hour Introduction to Conscious Discipline workshop. The four sessions spread over two days challenged participants to critically examine their own teaching practices and beliefs about behavior while, also, leaving time for collaborative activities and social networking.

Saturday, January 13th was Wellness Day at the summit, where we were joined by community partners and experts as participants unpacked ways to care for themselves, embrace inclusivity, and strengthen relationships with families.

Ms. Byous returned to the stage for a keynote address, followed by a presentation by Taffy Morrison of Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana. Ms. Morrison also provided table resources to assist participants in mapping healthcare options, as well as other information, and materials. Experts from Well Ahead Louisiana, New Orleans Children’s Hospital ThriveKids, and Lakeshore Learning also joined us for this event.

Before lunch, a panel conversation, Inclusion is Possible and Benefits Everyone, was facilitated by Monica Supak of ThriveKids. During this hour, attendees heard from parents and experts in education support and health fields about the journey, challenges, and benefits of inclusive practices in childcare settings.

Following lunch and a king cake break, everyone strapped on their dancing shoes for Zydeco dance lessons with Brandon Broussard of Louisiana Dance Roots, accompanied by live music from Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. As the summit came to a close, it was clear from the conversations in the room and smiles on everyone’s faces that the three-day experience had been a Joyful Journey, all around!

Be sure to check out the additional gallery of joyful journeys below:

Want to join our next adventure? Check out what’s registering today at the link below:

Upcoming Workshops


Meet Tonya Byous, Certified Instructor, Conscious Discipline

Tonya is dedicated to the field of education. She is an advocate, instructor, coach, and mentor. Her introduction to Conscious Discipline was life changing. Tonya’s focus is to ensure that educators have access to transformational information and to be the support to help them sharpen skills. She lives by the moto: Charity first, service to others, and to use your God given talent.

In addition to delivering a keynote address on January 13th, Tonya will also facilitate the 2-day Conscious Discipline workshop on January 11th and 12th.


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