“Be A Champion for Child Care” is a campaign of Agenda for Children that gives businesses the opportunity to transform their tax liability into an investment in early care and education in Louisiana.
Maria Montoya & Teresa Falgoust
Maria Montoya joins Agenda for Children as the Director of Policy and Communications, following four years of transformative work with the Recovery School District’s EnrollNOLA team. As the Director of Student Enrollment and most recently Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Maria is a founding team member of OneApp, the citywide centralized enrollment process. Before entering the Orleans Parish educational landscape, the experienced features reporter covered children and family issues for The Times-Picayune and USA Today’s Life section. When she’s not organizing events for children and families, Maria and her 5-year-old son Press can often be found enjoying Louisiana’s amazing food and festivals.
Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Teresa has been the KIDS Count Program Coordinator at Agenda for Children since 2005. Through the KIDS COUNT project, Teresa helps non-profits, government and the public access, use and interpret data on child well-being in Louisiana. She has also worked on a variety of early childhood initiatives, including the Greater New Orleans Rebuild Child Care Collaborative and the New Orleans Early Education Network. Teresa has holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College.
During Propeller’s Startup Accelerator, Agenda for Children’s “Be A Champion for Child Care” Initiative received $55,000 in donations from small businesses who wanted to claim the tax credit. This is almost double their entire donations since they started the initiative. Agenda for Children will be rolling out a new marketing plan in January 2016 that will promote this tax credit opportunity state-wide. They will continue to use the donations to increase the number of available quality early child care seats in the state.