top of page



LAAEYC is governed by a Board of Directors and assisted with guidance from members serving on the organization development committee.

Executive Director's Message

Exec. Dir Message

We are thrilled to re-establish the Louisiana Affiliate chapter of the National Associate for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our vision is a big one: we seek to support young children to thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. To achieve this end, our goal is to unify and elevate the work of early years professionals in our state through collaborations within existing networks.


The initial aim of the organization in the coming months is to reach out to individuals from the vast field of early care and education throughout the state of Louisiana, including early care and education teachers and administrators, early childhood advocates, higher education faculty, students (high school –college level), as well as companies vested in the early care and education field. We will be reaching out to assess the needs in our state and mobilizing to address these needs.

We invite you to join us in making Louisiana the best place to be a child and to work in the field of early care and education.


LAAEYC Advisory Council

Greater New Orleans:

Libbie Sonnier, PhD

Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

Angela Dailet

Business Manager, Early Childhood Intervention and Partnerships 


Kelly Block, MA

Master Teacher Green Trees Early Childhood Village

Isidore Newman School

Gabrielle Izzo

Director of Early Childhood Programs 

Center for Development and Learning 

River Parishes: 

Michelle DeMeulaneare, PhD

Office of Early Childhood, Classroom Support Manager

Louisiana Department of Education


Robin W. Clark


East Baton Rouge Parish School System & City of Baker


Amy Poirier, MS

Manager of Systems and Community Level Strategy- Early Childhood

Louisiana Department of Education


Cindy Bishop

Executive Director

Child Care Association of Louisiana

Derrick Toups

Adjunct Faculty, Care & Development of Young Children 

Baton Rouge Community College

Cajun Country: 

Falicia Coleman

Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate provider

Children’s First Professional Development Center


Kem Matherne

Fletcher Community College


Jonathan Pearce


Sugar 'n Spice Preschools 


Leah G. Lormand, MS, LCSW

School Social Worker/Transition Coordinator, Early Childhood Department 

Lafayette Parish School System

Crossroads Region: 

Nancy Alexander, PhD 


Northwestern State University Child & Family Network 


Michelle Brunson, PhD


Northwestern State University Faculty & LAAECA 

Sportsman’s Paradise: 

Earnestine Dunn

Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate provider

Children’s Coalition Institute


Mandy L. Perdue, MS

Program director, Early Childhood Education

Bossier Community College

bottom of page