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

Executive Director's 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.


Advisory Council

Nancy Alexander, PhD

NSU Child & Family Network

Natchitoches, LA

Kelly Bray Block, M.A.

Master Teacher Green Trees Early Childhood Village

Isidore Newman School New Orleans, LA


Michelle Brunson, PhD

Program Director, Early Childhood Education

Northwestern State University

Robin W. Clark, MBA

Teacher, EBR Parish School System and City of Baker


Falicia Coleman

Children's First Professional Development Center

Michelle DeMeulenaere, PhD

Office of Early Childhood, Classroom Support Manager

Louisiana Department of Education

Angela Daliet

Business Manager, Early Childhood Intervention and Partnerships


Amy Hook-Poirier, MS

Manager of Systems and Community Level Strategy – Early Childhood

Louisiana Department of Education


Leah G. Lormand, LCSW

School Social Worker/Transition Coordinator,

Early Childhood Department

Lafayette Parish School System


Jonathan Pearce

President, Sugar ‘n Spice Preschools

Lafayette, LA


Mandy L. Perdue, M.S.

Program Director, Early Childhood Education

Bossier Parish Community College


Libbie Sonnier, PhD

Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

New Orleans, LA

Derrick Toups

Adjunct Faculty, Care & Development of Young Children

Baton Rouge Community College


John Wyble

President & CEO, Center for Development and Learning

New Orleans, LA


LAAEYC seeks to build its Board with individuals who see the connections between practice, policy and research; who share LAAEYC's core values and beliefs; who have knowledge and experience in governance and leadership.



We are looking for individuals who are passionate about:

  • Ensuring that all children have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high-quality early learning and 

  • Promoting an early childhood profession that exemplifies excellence and is recognized as vital to society. 


Executive Board Elections:

Each year, voting opens in mid-October and officially closed in mid-November. For more information, click here to see a timeline. 

Elected Board Members:

a. President

b. President-Elect or Past-President

c. Secretary

d. Members at Large

1) Greater New Orleans

2) River Parishes

3) Cajun Country

4) Crossroads

5) Sportsman’s Paradise

e. Louisiana Early Childhood Association (LAECA) Representative, Child Care Association of Louisiana (CCAL) Representative, & Louisiana Policy Institute for Children Representative


Appointed Board Members:

a. Treasurer - This position is appointed by the President annually with the majority vote of the Board Members. There is no term limit.

b. Appointed Board Members- 1 to 4 positions - The President may appoint 1-4 Board Members, with two (2)-year term limits. These members may serve no more than two (2) year consecutive terms. The positions must be approved with a majority vote of the Board Members.