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Parenting Articles and Blogs:

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

Safe To Sleep

SAFE TO SLEEP is a national public education campaign sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. It is a website where you can find information on SIDS, safe sleep, tummy time, and answers to many other FAQs on infant sleep. This website also provides education information for providers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers in English as well as Spanish. 

The Muppets Solve Your Breastfeeding Problems

THE MUPPETS SOLVE YOUR BREASTFEEDING PROBLEMS is a fun read that discusses the difficulties of trying to get your little one to feed and matches it with a potential solution. The article also discusses the various feeding personality types of our hungry little infants...are you a Miss Piggy or a Fozzie?!! 

Quick Parenting Tips:

Why Do Babies Cry?

Crying is sometimes a cry for help, but what about the other cries? Read these quick tips to find out ways to understand and soothe your baby's cry. 

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Sometimes we can feel the 'blues' of parenting.  Know when to recognize the symptoms and facts of BB or PPD, and where to go for help when you need it! 

Infant Sleep Guides

Infant Sleep Guides is a brochure listing 5 ways to help your infant sleep.

5 Common Sleep Myths

5 Common Sleep Myths dispells 5 common infant sleeping myths.

Local Parenting Resources:

Healthy Start

Healthy Start New Orleans provides services to residents of Orleans Parish who are pregnant or parenting children under the age of two. Healthy Start promotes healthy communities by nurturing healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and healthy families. 

Early Head Start  & Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families. Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs.

Early Steps

EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development. These services are provided in the child's natural environment, such as the child's home, child care or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months).

Families Helping Families

FHF of Jefferson is a family-directed resource center that serves the entire state of Louisiana.   FHF provides peer to peer support, information, referral and training around disability issues in Jefferson Parish.  In addition, they are the federally funded Parent Training and Information Center for the state of Louisiana and provide educational advocacy, training, and support throughout the entire state of Louisiana.

Department of Children and Family Services

DCFS is your one stop shop for information on child development and early learning, support enforcement, fostering and adopting, safe havens, community partners and support services. 


Visit healthcare.gov to sign up for health insurance on the marketplace, find out information on medicaid, CHIP, and medicare, change your insurance plan, find out about coverage and much more. 

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana

From help with potty training to keeping kids safe from sexual abuse, PCA Louisiana supports parents and children through intensive, evidence-based programs and community-based education.