Greetings LAECA Members!

First and foremost, I want to thank you for the important work you do each day to positively impact young children and their families.

As Early Childhood caregivers and educators, we work tirelessly to positively impact all children, families, and communities in Louisiana. We have faced numerous obstacles as Early Childhood educators this year due to racial inequality, covid-19, hurricanes, school closures, and virtual learning. Despite these hardships, you have remained dedicated to Louisiana’s children and their families as we collaborate to help children thrive!

LAECA aims to positively support all facets of Early Childhood Education, and we believe that:

  • we play a vital role in all children’s social-emotional development.
  • we need to see, hear, know, and appreciate all children and recognize their strengths, gifts, and talents.
  • we, as culturally responsive caregivers and educators, need to intentionally promote equity and positive identity development and empower each child and family we serve.
  • we advocate for all children’s and families’ needs, emphasizing the importance of quality care and education in the early years.

We encourage all LAECA members to look for ways to positively impact those who need support now in this great time of need, and in the future, as we continue our very important work.

I hope you enjoyed the 54th Annual LAECA conference, and our first ever virtual conference! With the theme, "Celebrating the Roaring 20s with Young Children," we enjoyed wonderful presentations from talented LAECA members and Louisiana educators and advocates. I'd like to thank the conference committee and the volunteers who helped make the conference a tremendous success, including Patricia Reder, Mary Lou Maples, Chris LeJeune, Derrick Toups, Christy Hornsby, and Faith Stanfield. I also want to congratulate our scholarship and grant winners (Kristen Poe, Faith Stanfield, Susan Myrick, and Michelle Brunson) who are working hard to improve the lives of young children across the state. We offered this year’s conference for free to support you and thank you for supporting LAECA. We hope you’ll consider joining or renewing your membership. The membership fee helps us fund grants, scholarships, and special projects. Finally, I want to warmly welcome our new LAECA members! I hope to see all of you at next year's conference!

I hope you gained knowledge and resources you were able to implement in your practice last year, and I encourage you to join us for this year’s conference, as well. Please mark your calendar to attend the 2021 annual LAECA conference November 4-6. I also encourage you to share the wonderful things you are doing in your program by submitting a proposal to present at the conference!

Finally, I want to thank you for the work you do every day in the field, enriching the young children, families, and communities you serve. Research has long shown the benefits of quality early care and education, and all the effort we invest in young children is an investment in the future of the state of Louisiana.

With warm wishes,

Michelle Fazio Brunson
LAECA President