Stalanda Bradford Butcher, MPH, M.Ed., has been named Head Start Director for Ouachita Parish. A Louisiana native, Butcher has dedicated her professional career to working with economically vulnerable children and their families. Most recently, she served as Program Manager with St. Francis Medical Center, establishing and successfully operating school-based health programs.
Mrs. Butcher expressed her excitement in taking over the Head Start directorship, “In the words of my pastor, Rev. James E. Jackson, Sr., I am ‘hippopotamus happy and have antsy anticipation’ as the new Head Start Director for Ouachita Parish. I firmly believe that I have a personal responsibility to do all I can to make sure that children have the best possible start in life, and with the mission of PRIME TIME, Inc. in mind, I begin this new season of my life with renewed joy, as I assist with giving our children a head start for future learning!”
As the full leadership team shapes up, the following have also joined the PRIME TIME Head Start faculty: Angel Coates, Director of Monitoring and Compliance; Angel Slater, Center Director; Freddie Varner, Center Director; Nanette Brothers, Food Services Coordinator; and Samuel Holland, Maintenance Coordinator.
PRIME TIME recognizes the invaluable support of the City of West Monroe, Monroe City Schools, the Monroe Housing Authority, the Ouachita Parish School System, Delta Community College, The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, The Living Well Foundation, the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and many others who have welcomed PRIME TIME Head Start, and together are building a strong educational and family support program.