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With over 50 years combined education experience . . .

we strive to provide the children of Vermilion Parish, ages Birth - 5 years old, with a solid foundation of care and education, through numerous resources that will prepare them for life.


We are able to do this with the support of our community and families!

Thank you Vermilion Parish!

Our Early Childhood Team


Lola Vallaire - Thomas, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Supervisor

Lola joined the network in July of 2016. Years prior, Lola served as the Assistant Principal and then Principal of Eaton Park Elementary. The administrative experience gained at Eaton Park along with the previous 16 years of teaching and working with before/after school programs in Lafayette parish more than prepared Lola for her current role as Supervisor of Early Childhood. Lola earned a Bachelor's of Elementary Education (Grds 1-8) with Kindergarten Certification from USL in 1994, and later returned to UL Lafayette to earn her Master's in Educational Leaderships in 2010. Lola is married to Alfred John Thomas and has been blessed to share 4 adult children, Vylena, Denise, John, and Kevin along with 10 grandchildren. Lola's personal philosophy and passion for teaching and learning stems from the belief that all children deserve the best education possible to grow into thriving, productive adults. 

Delia Girouard, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Facilitator

Delia joined the network in June 2021. Her previous experience includes 19 years as an early childhood educator with 8 years as an instructional coach. In this current role, she assists the supervisor in collaborating with childcare partners to provide opportunities for quality care and education for children ages birth to four years old. She also supports the public school PreK teachers and administrators through instructional coaching and feedback.
She is married to Craig Girouard with two children, Caroline & David.

Michelle Hunt, M.B.A.

Early Childhood Guide

Michelle joined the network in June 2022. She previously worked full-time at UL Lafayette as an Enrollment Specialist, a part-time role she still holds today. Her experience in marketing, enrollment & business helps our network grow and maintain our CCAP B3 program. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and M.B.A. from UL Lafayette (Geaux Cajuns!)
She is married to Gene Hunt and they are the proud parents of Mackenzie, Sean, Ava, Carter and Hadley.


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