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NOEEN Steering Committee

The NOEEN Steering Committee serves as an advisory committee for the Orleans Parish Community Network Co-Lead Agencies and the Ready Start Network Lead Agency as needed and required pursuant to their responsibilities for the operation and administration  of all publicly-funded early childhood seats in Orleans Parish. 

NOEEN’s work is guided by a Steering Committee comprised early care and education stakeholders, including early learning programs, parents, and community partners. All NOEEN Steering Committee meetings are open to the public, and information about past and future meetings is available to the public.

What is NOEEN’s Strategic Plan?

The NOEEN Steering Committee worked with Orleans Parish early childhood stakeholders and ResourceFull Consulting to develop its strategic plan for 2023-2027. NOEEN’s current strategic plan was approved by the NOEEN Steering Committee on March 8, 2023 and serves as the community network’s blueprint for increasing access to high-quality early childhood care and education in Orleans Parish.

Read NOEEN’s Strategic Plan

Steering Committee Members

  • NOEEN Nonprofit Corporation Board of Directors
    • Jen Roberts, Agenda for Children
  • City of New Orleans
    • Asya Howlette, Mayor’s Office of Youth & Families
  • New Orleans City Council
    • Sheraé Hunter, Office of City Councilmember Helena Moreno
  • NOLA Public Schools (NOLA PS)
    • Dr. Fateama Fulmore, NOLA PS
  • Early Steps System Point of Entry
    • Tomorow Fondal, EarlySteps
  • Child Find
    • Dr. Shayla Guidry Hilaire, NOLA PS
  • Orleans Parish Child Care Resource & Referral Agency
    • Anna Williamson, Agenda for Children
  • Orleans Parish Lead Agency
    • Jonika Julian, NOLA PS
  • Orleans Parish Ready Start Network
    • Derrick Toups, Agenda for Children
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
    • Joy Mitchell, Children’s Palace Learning Academy
  • Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program (LA 4)
    • Kate Mehok, Crescent City Schools
  • Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program (NSECD)
    • Vacant
  • Early Head Start
    • Maria Blanco, LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center
  • Head Start
    • Dr. Keith Liederman, Clover
  • City Seats
    • Rochelle Wilcox, Wilcox Academy of Early Learning
  • Louisiana Early Childhood Education Fund
    • Monique B. Rouege, World Class Learning Academy
  • Family Child Care Providers (At Large)
    • Melanie Richardson, TrainingGrounds
  • Early Care & Education Community (At Large)
    • Thelma French, Total Community Action
  • Early Care & Education Parent/Caregiver
    • Stacey Barquet, Parent
    • Amanda Peek, Parent

Steering Committee Vacancies

In accordance with NOEEN’s bylaws, the Executive Subcommittee is responsible for identifying and recommending qualified candidates for appointment to the Steering Committee and publicly advertising open Steering Committee positions.

There are currently no vacancies on the NOEEN Steering Committee.

NOEEN Steering Committee Subcommittees

  • Executive Subcommittee
    • Thelma French (Chair)
    • Rochelle Wilcox (Vice Chair)
    • Dr. Keith Liederman (Past Chair)
  • Coordinated Enrollment Subcommittee
    • Jonika Julian (Chair)
  • Family Engagement Subcommittee
    • Asya Howlette (Chair)

NOEEN Steering Committee Working Groups

  • Workforce Task Force
    • Thelma French (Chair)
  • Facilities Expansion Working Group
    • Nick Kindel (Chair)

2023-2024 Steering Committee & Subcommittee Meeting Schedule

Meetings of the NOEEN Steering Committee and its Subcommittees are held in-person and are open to the public. Meeting agendas, minutes, and materials for past and upcoming meetings can be found on the Meeting Materials page.

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Steering Committee Meetings

  • May 15, 2024
    • 9-11 a.m. at NOLA Public Schools (2401 Westbend Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70114)
  • June 12, 2024
    • 9-11 a.m. at Clover (1600 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA 70130)

Coordinated Enrollment Subcommittee Meetings

  • June 3, 2024
    • 8:30-10 a.m. at NOLA-PS (2401 Westbend Parkway New Orleans, LA 70114)

NOEEN Steering Committee + Subcommittee Meeting Materials

Agendas, slide decks, minutes, recordings, and livestream links are available on the materials page below.

NOEEN Steering Committee + Subcommittee Meeting Materials

NOEEN Steering Committee Bylaws

Click below to review the current NOEEN Bylaws.

NOEEN Bylaws

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Secured $3M local municipal investment and $3M in state matching funds that will increase next year’s NOEEN City Seats program to serve 400 infants and toddlers in New Orleans. Plus, we also received a State allocation of 373 Preschool Development Grant seats. That’s nearly 800 new infants and toddlers in New Orleans who will have the opportunity for quality early education each year.

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