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Budget and Legislative Overview:  

Jan Moller and Susan Nelson

Developments in Children and Family Policy:  

Dr. Adren O. Wilson, Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Planning, Office of the Governor

Looking Ahead to Elections in 2018 and 2019:  

Ashley Shelton, The Power Coalition

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  

Richard Webster, Times Picayune Staff Writer speaking on The Children of Central City

Monday, July 30, 2018

West Baton Rouge Conference Center in Port Allen, LA

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Doors will open at 9:30 am

Cost:  Free to Louisiana Partnership Members

$35 for Non-Members   


Connecting the Dots

for Children:

· Engaging Partners for Prevention

· Bridging Gaps in Services

· Sharing Best Practices

Learn how you as a child-serving stakeholder can increase your impact as we engage in discussions about proposed policy changes, exchange information from state agencies, examine child abuse prevention developments, and discuss the family economic stability issues being impacted by the state budget.

The 2018 meetings are convened by the  Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families with generous support from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.


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The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families is a non-profit policy and advocacy organization focused on improving the well-being of young children and their families in our state. 

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Advocacy for Children & Families

Each year, the Louisiana Partnership reviews all legislation and compiles a list of bills that could impact children and families. The list below reflects the bills that we are followed in the 2017 Legislative Session. Partnership members were able to access a list of legislation by category and received real-time updates in the Members Only section.

For 2018, we will be doing this again!  If you are not a member, we hope you’ll join us today!  

2017 Legislative Bills - Updated April 28, 2017

Watch for the 2018 List - Full summary coming after the annual meeting.


Today is a great day to give a gift!

Join the movement!

Give to Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families today!  Thank you for all you do to support children.

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.  

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):

Get Involved!  

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.  

Sign up for updates on the Platform for Children - send us an email to let us know you want to be kept in the loop!  

Share a copy of the Platform for Children on your website.  Click here to let us know how we can help you share this information in your community.

Looking for Child Care?

The Child Care Resource and Referral in your parish can help.  Click here to download this map

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!

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


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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