The Chamber has announced the Early Childcare Pilot Project to work with early childcare providers. The intent of the program is raise the collective scores of sample children screened at the beginning of the program, as well as assist the center in progressing at least one star-rating on the Louisiana Quality Start program rating scale.
The Pilot Project seeks to provide technical and material needs to the center as deemed necessary through an initial evaluation by a representative from the NSU Child and Family Network, our region's offical resource and referal network.
Click here to read the outline of the program, as presented to those centers chosen for the Pilot Project. Centers are chosen as funds are made available and progress is noted for previous centers. Selection is through the Early Childhood Committee and based on objective metrics with input from the NSU Child and Family Network.
The Workforce Development committee is comprised of human resource managers, industry reps, Chamber representatives and representatives from secondary and post-secondary institutions.
The goal of the committee is to prepare our students to be work-ready upon high-school graduation. This is accomplished through cooperative endeavors of the committee, the Natchitoches Parish School Board, Northwestern State University, and the Louisiana Technical College-Natchitoches Campus.
Click here to download the Chamber Education Fund brochure. The brochure succinctly describes the five focus areas the Fund looks to promote in Natchitoches Parish Schools.