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Panelist Bio

Kristi Reddick-Givens
Kids of Excellence Learning Center

Kristi Reddick-Givens is the owner and director of Kids of Excellence Learning Center and has been in the childcare industry for more than sixteen years. Since 1999 Kristi has devoted her professional career to the development of young children.

Kristi was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended John McDonough High School, holds a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Southern University in New Orleans, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Orleans. She is a Louisiana Pathways Child Care Development Trainer at the highest level, Level 4. and is a Licensed Child Care Health Consultant. She has Accreditation from the University of Queensland in Level 3 Primary Care Triple P working with Positive Parent Program. She has presented at the National Conference here in New Orleans. She holds National Administrator Credential and CDA PD Specialist for Council for Professional Recognition.

When faced with the challenge of finding affordable and quality early childhood education for her own kids, Vicki’s initial goal became to provide the most essential education for kids. Through experiences of injustices of social economic status, race, gender, and lack of resources, her goal to provide quality education for children became a passion to provide a quality education for all.

Kristi is dedicated to providing the best education for kids, regardless of their social, economic, or racial status. She educates the students holistically, not only having a strong academic presence but strong social and cultural presence as well. Kristi has established a community among the center, welcoming of the parents, providing them with resources and opportunities, and constructing a supportive system.

It is Kristi’s goal to eliminate the disparities in the education system, and provide students from the community with not only quality education, but opportunities as well.

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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