Providence House is pleased to name Mikayla McCoy as the new Child Development Center Director. McCoy joins the Providence House team after more than 10 years in the industry.
She received a Bachelors Degree in Children Services from California State University San Marcos. She served as the Childcare Specialist at Northwestern State University Child and Family Network in Shreveport and Regional Directors for Brightside Academy in Ohio. She is certified as a trainer, director, and site supervisor by the Louisiana Department of Education. McCoy also holds CLASS, CPR/First Aide, ECAC and ODJFS certifications. Her love for education and children is evidenced by her life-long journey in early childhood education.
“High quality early childhood education is critical in Northwest Louisiana. Providence House, on track to becoming one of the first STEAM centers in our region, is committed to changing the landscape of homelessness through intergenerational education and workforce development/job skills training. Our Center is one of the highest rated in northwest Louisiana; our goal is to be the highest rated and to develop
more high-quality centers in the region,” shared Verni Howard, Providence House Executive Director.
Phase I of the Center’s renovation toward a STEAM center was completed in early 2023; phases II and III are planned in 2024. McCoy will lead all of the Child Development Center’s future, planned growth and is tasked with building a robust center where every child is ready for kindergarten magnet programs.
“Birth to 8 years old is when the foundation of a child’s brain is developed. These years will define and shape a child’s future not only in education, but socially, and emotionally. Children who attend an Early Learning Center will be more likely to have a strong foundation heading into kindergarten,” said McCoy. “My goal is to work alongside the teachers to continue to create a program that develops the age-appropriate skills children need to become well-rounded individuals. I look forward to inspiring our teachers and children to create the best Early Learning Center in Northwest Louisiana. Children are our future, and the future starts NOW!”