NOEEN Steering Committee | Agenda for Children

NOEEN Steering Committee

The New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) is a collaborative partnership between every publicly funded early education provider in the city. NOEEN is managed by Agenda for Children and New Orleans Public Schools.

NOEEN’s work is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from schools, centers, Head Start and Early Steps. All Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and information about past and future meetings is available to the public.

What is the NOEEN Steering Committee’s Strategic Plan?

NOEEN Steering committee members worked with early childhood stakeholders and Bellwether Education Partners to develop a vision for NOEEN’s future.

Read the NOEEN Strategic Plan

Steering Committee Members

Every sector (centers, Head Start, public schools and private schools) and funding sources (CCAP, LA4, City Seats, Preschool Development Grant (PDG), NSECD, Early Head Start and Head Start) are represented on the steering committee.

Current Members

  • Dr. Keith Liederman, Chair, Head Start, Kingsley House
  • Derrick Toups, Child Care Resource and Referral, Agenda for Children
  • Rebecca Latham, IDEA, Child Search, NOLA Public Schools
  • Maria Blanco, Early Head Start, LSU Health Sciences Center
  • Thelma French, Head Start, Total Community Action
  • Kristi Givens, CCAP, City Seats, Early Head Start, Kids of Excellence
  • Carole Elliot, NSECD, Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Kate Mehok, LA4, Crescent City Schools
  • Joy Mitchell, CCAP, City Seats, PDG, Children’s Palace
  • Rhonda Taylor, Head Start, Catholic Charities
  • Emily Wolff, City Seats, Mayor’s Office of Youth & Families

Steering Subcommittees

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the NOEEN Steering Committee established three working groups, or Subcommittees, comprised of Steering Committee members, Agenda for Children representatives, and a variety of other stakeholders and content-area experts committed to improving quality, access, and accountability in early childhood education.

Steering Subcommittees consist of strategic, forward-thinking policy, practice, and advocacy work in the areas of Quality, Enrollment, and Funding. Policy or practice changes proposed in the course of Subcommittee sessions will be brought to the full Steering Committee for deliberation and / or ratification.

2022-2023 Public Meeting Schedule

Meeting time and date will be announced in the appropriate meeting agenda. Agendas, minutes and other materials can be found on the Meeting Materials page.

No meetings will be held in December, February or April in observation of coincident holidays. The NOEEN Steering Committee will recess from June – July 2023, reconvening for the 2023-2024 school year in Fall 2023.

  • August 24, 2022
  • September 14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • March 8, 2023
  • May 10, 2023

To attend a meeting virtually, email to receive a meeting link.

Minutes and Materials from Steering Committee Meetings

Agendas, presentations and minutes from previous meetings are available on our NOEEN Steering Committee Meeting Archive page.

NOEEN Steering Committee Meeting Materials

NOEEN Steering Committee Bylaws

NOEEN Bylaws

Public Comments for the Steering Committee

Public comments for the Steering Committee, including those related to coordinated enrollment, can be submitted via email at

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Please sign up for our newsletter, New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) News, to be informed of any changes to the meeting schedule. (Note that it is the last option on the sign-up form.

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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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