We are always looking for new and helpful websites and apps to help our parents! Please find below a list of helpful documents, websites, and YouTube channels we have compiled. Click on any items listed to be directed to more information.
Be sure to keep checking this page. We will be adding more resources and links often!
UNDERSTANDING TYPES OF CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. Finding the right match
can have a positive impact on your child’s development. The early years of your child’s life matter because early
experiences affect how the brain learns. Ensuring your child experiences high-quality interactions with adults and
other children promotes language and social development that will impact your child for years to come.
Track Your Child’s Milestones:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that ensures all children with disabilities are eligible to receive a free and appropriate education through special education services. Infants and toddlers, until a child turns 2, and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C (Early Steps). Children ages 3 through 5 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B (Child Find). Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) is a federally mandated program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that encourages parents of children ages birth to 5 years and providers who care for them to:
● Learn the signs of healthy development
● Monitor every child’s early development; and
● Act early on possible developmental concerns: talk with doctors and ask for developmental screening.
The materials provided by LTSAE are parent education and engagement tools that support developmental monitoring and help staff decide when to refer a child to other professionals for screening; they are not a replacement for developmental screening. The Louisiana Department of Education has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Health to offer our early childhood networks the opportunity to co-brand and customize some of the LTSAE materials.
WEBSITES & APPS
Below are a list of parent resource links. Click on the link below to be directed to their website to learn more.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
- Cultural Crossroads: Cultural Crossroads prepares monthly Art Kits for Webster Ready Start Network’s three and four year olds. This partnership is funded through the Ready Start grant to provide monthly art instruction.
- Each month the instructional videos are posted here: Cultural Crossroads – YouTube
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
- Child Find/Child Search
- Kari Allen, 318-377-7052 ext. 254, [email protected]
- Early Steps
- April Hearron, 318-226-8038, [email protected]
- Tulane or Mental Health Consultations (TIKES)
- Anna Kennedy, 225-892-9578, [email protected]
- Local housing authority and shelter(s)
- 318-377-1077, mindenhousing.org
- Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry
- 318-299-6375, joeleblancfoodpantry.com
- David Raines Community Health Center
- Christi Tran, 318-377-1545, [email protected]
- Families Helping Families
- 1-877-226-4541, fhfregion7.com
- Minden Behavioral Health Clinic
- 318-371-3001, nlhsd.org
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
- Sandra Samuel, 318-371-0722, [email protected]
- Department of Children & Family Services
- 318-371-3004, [email protected]
- Office of Community Services – Webster Parish Head Start
- Webster Parish School Board
- 318-377-7052, Janene Corley, Early Childhood – 2nd Grade Supervisor
- Webster Parish Health Unit
- Minden: 318-371-3030
- Springhill: 318-539-4314
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Mercy’s Closet (clothing)
- 609 Sibley Rd., Minden, 318-639-9610
- Webster Parish Libraries
- Minden: 318-371-3080
- Springhill: 318-539-4117
- Early Childhood Facilitator/Webster Ready Start Network
- Casey Fields, 318-377-3099, [email protected]
- Students With Disabilities (IDEA)
- GEAUX VOTE
- Webster Parish Health Unit WIC
- Women’s, Infants and Children Program
- Family Support – DCFS assists families with needed assistance programs, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly Food Stamps), Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP), and the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP)
Where Do I Get A Birth Certificate?
Webster Parish Clerk of Court
410 Main Street Minden, La 71055