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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...

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...

NWLA COVID RESOURCES

NWLA COVID RESOURCES

Stay up to date on Coronavirus with information from credible sources. We've collected links to resources, services and educational material on how to slow the spread of the virus and keep our communities safer. Click the logos below to be taken directly to...

Caddo Parish Commission Signs Resolution for Early Childhood Education

Caddo Parish Commission Signs Resolution for Early Childhood Education

During a February meeting, the Caddo Parish Commission signed onto the Resolution for Early Childhood Education. The resolution was created during the first NWLA Early Childhood Policy Summit which created two strategies:  to create and disseminate a consistent...

Step Forward and My Community Cares Host Listening Sessions

Step Forward and My Community Cares start community listening tours As a part of the S.W.O.T. Analysis for the 71106 and 71107 area codes conducted during the My Brother's Keeper meetings, Step Forward is speaking directly with community members who live and work in...

TAC Welcomes New Members

TAC Welcomes New Members

Welcome, new TAC members! Step Forward and the Teen Advisory Committee are thrilled to welcome new additions to the TAC. The new members applied during the end of 2019, and were selected by a committee of community advisors during the beginning of the new year. The...

TAC Presents to Step Forward’s Leadership Council

TAC Presents to Step Forward’s Leadership Council

The Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) presented initial insights from their mental wellness survey to Step Forward's Leadership Council. The first survey of its kind for Northwest Louisiana, over 5,000 students responded to questions regarding stress, mental health, and...

Literacy Volunteer Visits

Literacy Volunteer Visits

February kicks off our first 2020 check ins with our third grade literacy volunteers. This year, nearly 100 volunteers are visiting 18 schools throughout Northwest Louisiana.  Third grade is a critical year when children transition from learning-to-read to...