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2017 Louisiana Partnership Regional Meetings Announced 

The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families begins its annual series of regional meetings in March and again will provide updates on legislation affecting children and families. Because this year’s legislative session is “fiscal-only”, we are focusing on the budget. This year, the Louisiana Budget Project joins us as we look at ways in which we can stabilize our state’s budget and move away from ongoing deficits. 

INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN

Regional meetings will be held across the state in March and April. Please join us as we discuss our state’s fiscal situation – a critical issue that we must address and will have long-reaching impact on our state’s future.  We will provide specific focus on the impact on children and families. Share this invitation with community members, nonprofit, faith-based & government leaders!  All are invited. The meeting will include the following:

  • Legislative Update from the 2017 Special Session (February 13 – 22, 2017)
  • Review of Bills pre-filed for the 2017 Legislative Session (April 10 – June 8, 2017)
  • Strategies for Stabilizing Louisiana’s Budget by the Louisiana Budget Project
  • Networking with Regional Leaders 
There is no charge to attend and all are welcome but we ask that you register to help us with planning. If you have questions, please email info@louisianapartnership.org.
 
Meeting Dates & Locations

  • March 27th  Bayou Parishes Region at the Terrebonne Parish-North Branch Library, 4130 W. Park Ave., Gray - 10am to Noon Click to Register
  • March 28th  Florida Parishes Region at the Tangipahoa Parish Permits Building, 15485 West Club Deluxe Road, Hammond - 1:30 to 3:30pm Click to Register
  • March 29th   Acadiana Region at the Picard Center-Early Childhood Learning Lab, 200 E. Devalcourt Street, Lafayette - 10am to Noon Click to Register
  • March 30th  Southwest Louisiana Region at the Family & Youth Counseling Agency, 220 Louie Street, Lake Charles - 10am to Noon Click to Register
  • April 6th  Southeast Louisiana Region at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Bynum Conference Room, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans - 10am to Noon Click to Register
  • April 7th  Capital Region at the Louisiana Municipal Association Building, 700 N. 10th Street, Baton Rouge - 9 to 11am Click to Register
  • April 11th  Central Louisiana Region at the Rapides Foundation Center, 1101 4th Street, Classroom C, Alexandria - 2 to 4pm Click to Register
  • April 12th  Northwest Louisiana Region at the Hamilton Branch Library, 2111 W. Bert Koons, Industrial Loop, Shreveport - 1:30 to 3:30 pm Click to Register
  • April 13th  Northeast Louisiana Region at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, 1363 Louisville Ave., Monroe - 10am to Noon Click to Register
To access a statewide flyer with all the dates and locations, click here

Handouts from Meetings


Generous support for these meetings provided by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation. 




The Louisiana Platform for Children offers a series of policy briefs outlining issues affecting children and proposing sound recommendations for ways in which to improve outcomes in the areas of child health, child welfare/foster care, early childhood education, social emotional development, juvenile justice and family economic stability.

Read the full Platform for Children Report or the executive summary.  

NEW! 2016 Platform Update - Review the impact since the report was completed.

For more information, send an email to:  platform@louisianapartnership.org.    

Key partners in this project include:

The Platform for Children is available on the websites of all of these organizations.  

Platform Meeting in Monroe on the News (includes embedded advertising from television station):

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Please share comments on the Platform here. 

Your organization is encouraged to partner with us and lend support!  Please send an email to Louisiana Partnership indicating your interest as a supporting partner.  

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Save the Date! 2017 Annual Meeting

The Louisiana Partnership will hold its annual membership meeting and Legislative Review for Children and Families on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Join us as we review what happened during the 2017 Legislative Session. Attendance at the annual meeting is no charge to our members. If you’re not a member, please join online today. Click here to join.  Thanks to all of you who are our members!

2016 Legislative Wrap-Up & Annual Meeting

The Legislative Wrap-Up and Annual Meeting were held on June 16, 2016 in Port Allen, LA. The meeting also served as the official monthly meeting of the Louisiana Children's Cabinet Advisory Board. The following documents were shared at the meeting:





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Helping Children in Times of Disaster

Children, especially young children, respond in many different ways following a disaster. These two outstanding books, co-authored by Baton Rouge's own Cate Heroman, offer outstanding resources for parents and caregivers. Many thanks to Cate for sharing this information!

HOW CHILDREN BEHAVE AFTER A TRAUMATIC EVENT
Excerpt from HELPING CHILDREN REBOUND by Cate Heroman and Jenna Bilmes:

Young children have a hard time adjusting to change and loss. They cannot grasp the concept of permanent loss and often see consequences as reversible. When they experience the flood firsthand, they may feel helpless and powerless. Because they lack the ability to protect themselves or others, they feel intense fear and insecurity. Young children are beginning to develop coping skills, but they often do not have the language to express their feelings.

Children react to stress in different ways and will recover from a disaster at different rates. The degree to which they are affected depends on factors such as these:

    • how close they were to the disaster (e.g., whether they were rescued by boat or saw news coverage of rescues)
    • how quickly their basic physical needs were met
    • their family situation before the flood (e.g., divorce, new baby, moving to a new school)
    • how their family members react to the disaster
    • their disposition and resiliency

In the weeks following the flood, young children's play may reflect aspects of the event. They may reenact a particular incident repeatedly. Over time, you should see the play progress from reenacting destruction to becoming hopeful and moving on. For example, you may initially see play focused on destruction such as building blocks and knocking them down. As children work through their feelings over time, their play might progress to pretending to be a construction worker who is rebuilding houses. Whether this play progression occurs will give you some insight into how well children are adjusting.

To read more, download this free two resources:


The Raising of America Series: Early Childhood 

and the Future of Our Nation

 View the video series trailer  (11 minutes)

It’s often said a society can be measured by how well it attends to its children—their health and safety, their material security, their education and socialization, and their sense of being loved and valued by their families and communities. So how is it that children in the U.S. have worse outcomes on most measures of health, education and well-being than other rich nations? How can we do better?

The Raising of America takes us inside the brain and brings to life recent scientific research that reveals how early experiences, beginning in the womb, can alter brain architecture and developmental trajectories. Through the stories of families from different walks of life, we discover how the lack of paid parental leave and high-quality affordable childcare, stagnant wages and overcrowded housing, depression and social exclusion, and perhaps most of all the time crunch, too often undermine the efforts of parents and caregivers struggling to provide the nurturing environments all children need to thrive.

By exploring how things got this way—the history of U.S. child and family policy over the past century, the victories as well as the defeats—The Raising of America seeks to better understand what stands in the way of progress, and what we can do better. The film lifts up those struggling to make good on a vision where all our children matter, all are nurtured and all have opportunities to thrive. 

For more information, click here




TRAINING & CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

We would like to post information concerning your training and events that are related to children & families. Please send information to: info@louisianapartnership.org. 


  

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