R. Manuel has many years of experiences in the early childhood field. Mr. Manuel also has a vast amount of experience using reliable and valid assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of early childhood programs. R. Manuel currently works at the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in the Division of Early Childhood. At LDE, Mr. Manuel serves as Program Consultant where he works with Child Care Providers, and Resource/Referral Agencies who provide trainings, technical assistance, and referrals for child care providers and for families of young children. He has also provided professional development to early childhood teachers and administrators throughout the state of Louisiana, and has presented at local, and state, and national conferences.