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Making humanities-based learning accessible to all

Prime Time is dedicated to strengthening families and communities by making quality humanities-based education accessible to all. Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1991, Prime Time offers programs designed to engage, educate, and support children and their families. We seek to help children learn not what to think but how to think, using children’s books as a starting point for discussions and activities that explore important ideas about life, family, and building community.


What we do

Prime Time offers two types of programs for children: After-school Prime Time reading programs and free preschool services through Head Start and Early Head Start. To support these programs, we offer training, tools, and resources for teachers, community members, and caregivers, as well as at-home family literacy programming through our Spark Box program.

In our programs, we ask open-ended questions — what, why, and how — to allow children, families, and educators the space to explore and share ideas. By developing critical-thinking skills at an early age, we hope children will develop into lifelong learners who will go on to change the world.

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Why Humanities Education?

The humanities explore history, literature, culture, and more so we can learn from the past, reflect on our present, and imagine our future. Our programs focus on literacy and use the humanities to help children and their families ask questions and consider new ideas, understanding that there is not always one “right answer.” Recognizing this type of education is not broadly available, we emphasize equity, inclusion, and access for all. Prime Time seeks to lay the foundation for learning, literacy, and critical thinking for children of all backgrounds by bringing humanities education into the communities they call home.

Our Approach

Prime Time uses proven humanities-focused strategies to engage new and underserved audiences in literacy and early learning programs. Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this approach has generated long-term improvements in academic achievement.

Our methodology features five pillars of learning and teaching to:

  1. Promote participant-centered instruction and learning for children and families
  2. Use the Socratic method of open-ended questioning
  3. Develop higher-order thinking skills
  4. Make connections to quality literature
  5. Use the collective learning approach to bond students and families around reading

Prime Time programs offer our partners — libraries, schools, museums, community agencies, and more — research-based initiatives that engage children, parents, educators, and providers in learning experiences. We seek to create communities in which children and their families become self-motivated learners eager to explore the world through literature, inquiry, and meaningful interaction with others.

Relationship to LEH

Prime Time is a program of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn more about the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Our Team

Prime Time

Miranda Restovic

President & Executive Director

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Shelley Stocker

Vice President of the Division of Education

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Pat Carrier

Chief Operating Officer

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Sarah DeBacher

Director of Curriculum and Content Development

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James Brown

Program Manager

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Lacey Cunningham

Program Manager

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Christina Lott

Program Manager

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Jennifer Boquet

Education Marketing Manager

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Amy Ricke

Director of Human Resources

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Prime Time Head Start

Stalanda Butcher

Vice President of Head Start Services

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Angel Slater

Head Start Director - Ouachita

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Tyiska Roe

Director of Education - Ouachita

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Mary Brooks

Director of Education - Acadiana

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Dena Thomas

Director of Comprehensive Services - Acadiana

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Angel Coates

Director of Comprehensive Services - Ouachita

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Shameika Montgomery

Lafayette Head Start Center Director (Immaculate Heart of Mary)

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Nerissa Joseph

Jeanerette Head Start Center Director

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Vanessa Espree

New Iberia Head Start Center Director

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Patricia Jackson

Lafayette Head Start Center Director (Willow Street)

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Sha'Nel Moy

Thomas and Wilson Head Start Center Director

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Tammy Washington

MLK Junior High Head Start Center Director

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Mikal Sims

Ransom Head Start Center Director

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Sharon Smith

Robinson Place Head Start Center Director

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Join Our Team

We welcome new team members who want to make a difference in the lives of children and families to join us by applying for open positions at our Head Start and Early Head Start centers.

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Annual Reports

We are pleased to share our annual reports. We hope that these reports will inspire you to explore the work of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

See all annual reports on the LEH website