The Economic Engine of Childcare

The Economic Engine of Childcare

Seventy (70) percent of publicly funded childcare centers in Louisiana were closed on May 1, 2020 (Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, 2020).  Many of them will be unable to reopen.The further erosion of a resource that was already in short supply has created an...
Teens Address Mental Wellness

Teens Address Mental Wellness

Teenagers in Northwest Louisiana face social and emotional challenges in a school setting, yet few seek professional support at school. As indicated by more than 5,000 high school students surveyed from Caddo Schools by the Step Forward Teen Advisory Committee, 73 %...
Resilience Overcomes Adversity

Resilience Overcomes Adversity

New challenges face our community, but challenges are not new to Northwest Louisiana. At Step Forward, we work alongside many partners who are committed to success for every child in our community.  As we try to accomplish that goal, we routinely identify challenges...
APRIL COMMUNITY HEROES

APRIL COMMUNITY HEROES

What many in our community now realize, is that public schools provide far more than academic instruction.  They provide two meals of daily nutrition for all students.  Our schools also provide mental health support for many students who experience social and...