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United Way and Ready 4K help parents and children overcome

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The United Way of Northeast Louisiana and Ready 4K are partnering to help parents and children in Northeast Louisiana. Ready 4k is a parent engagement tool initiated in December of 2020 by United Way NeLA in 7 schools within Monroe City Schools for parents and students grades K-4. As a highly effective tool to help parents be more engaged, the program looks this year to spread to schools in Monroe City, Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, and Union parishes.

"Parents are our student's first teachers,
" says Michelle
Saucer, United Way NeLA, Community Impact Initiatives Director. The program is designed to help families engage. They receive fun facts and tips on how to promote their child's development by building on existing family routines.

The program focuses on improvement and sends the parent texts in 5 key protective factors:

1. Parental Resilience
2. Social Connections
3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
4. Concrete Support in Times of Need
5. Social and Emotional Competency of Children

The texts are sent 3 days each week and help remind the parent of engagements to make with their children.

For more information on this and other programs sponsored by the United Way call 211 or click the link below:
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Fredrick Louis is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and has worked in and around Northeast Louisiana for more than 40 years. He graduated from Wossman High School and then went on to the University of Louisiana at Monroe to graduate with a B.S. in Mathematics. Following that, he attended Grambling State University where he received his M.A.T. He loves the city of Monroe and is always looking for a way to serve in the community. That love for community has led him to a 10-year career in teaching. He has worked in both the Monroe City and Ouachita Parish school systems. He was also a candidate for mayor in 2020 and has used that experience to show his students that you can do anything you want and that the only failure is not trying.