Promoting Best Practices in Parenting Education: The Louisiana Parenting Education Network (LAPEN)

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Birth to Kindergarten Pathways

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Early Care & Education Compensation and Policy Brief

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Technical Assistant Professionals Report

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Inclusion Professional Development Workshops

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Birth to Five Early Learning and Development Standards
(scroll down to "Standards" on DOE website page)

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Early Childhood System Integration Budget - FY 14 as Recommended

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Early Childhood Risk and Reach in Louisiana: Fall 2012

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Education Nation - "Early Learning: Sowing Seeds for Future Success" - video

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Diverse Delivery Resource Guide

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We have all heard the saying, "The children are our future."

But what does this really mean? For Louisiana, it means that what happens with our children affects the quality of life for everyone in our state—the way we live, do business, the growth of our economy, everything. This is true not just for the years to come, but TODAY, and every day.

Did you know:

  • Current third-grade reading scores are used to estimate the number of prison beds we here in Louisiana will need in the future?
  • Louisiana has the third highest premature birthrate in the country, with the average preterm birth costing 14 times more than for a healthy baby. And over 60% of births in Louisiana are paid for by Medicaid?
  • The number of Louisiana children in foster care under age six has increased by 70% since state fiscal year 2002?
  • Louisiana has ranked 49th or worse for the outcomes of our children for the past 20 years?
Clearly, these are startling facts.

Far too many of our children and families are in crisis. But we can do something about it. Studies prove that early prevention and intervention from birth through age five can have an enormous impact, not just on the life of the child and his or her family, but on his or her community, and ultimately on the entire state. In fact, it is cheaper and easier to fix many problems earlier in life, rather than later.

BrightStart is an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated system to ensure families and communities can give young children from birth through age five the physical, emotional, social and cognitive development needed to help them reach their full potential, and ultimately give Louisiana a competitive edge.

A Stronger Louisiana Begins in Early Childhood.
That’s what BrightStart is all about.

VIDEO: THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD FROM THE OUNCE OF PREVENTION FUND AND THE FIRST FIVE YEARS FUND (4:01)

VIDEO: NOBEL PRIZE WINNING ECONOMIST DR. JAMES HECKMAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTING IN YOUNG CHILDREN (2:29)

 

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