Internet Safety Classes For Local Parents

Jan 26, 2021

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office will host two classes in February 2021 for interested parents to increase their awareness of the potential dangers children can be exposed to on the Internet.

There will be two classes offered from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on February 16 and 18 at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy at the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range in West Monroe. The registration deadline is February 10.

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The Early Head Start program provides services to improve early childhood development and prepare parents to be self-sufficient.

Early Head Start (EHS) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Headstart that provides family-centered services for low-income families with very young children.

Informing Teens About the Dangers of Vaping

Jan 8, 2020
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Vaping can cause similar health risks that users of other tobacco products experience. 

Rebecca Mixon, Manager of the St. Francis Tobacco Cessation Program, explained the importance of discussing vaping with children.

Vaping among teens is rising in popularity and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, according to market research group Euromonitor.

A vape is a battery operated device that heats a liquid nicotine filled cartridge that is inhaled and exhaled to give the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

Trauma Leaves Lasting Impact on Children

Nov 27, 2019
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Children who face trauma at a young age can experience physical and mental health issues in adulthood, according to a local professional. 

Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, said that adverse childhood experiences can impact a child's growth and future. 

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, is a study that explains how trauma and adversity faced in childhood can increase the physical, mental and behavioral problems that can appear later in life, according to Washington.  

Communication Can Help Prevent Suicide

Oct 16, 2019
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Suicide can affect anybody at any age, and communication is the key to help a struggling child. KEDM’s Taylor Costa spoke with Jan Daniels, the youth development coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, about suicide and ways to reach out to struggling children.


On what parents need to know about suicide

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The loss of a parent is a very difficult emotional experience.  It becomes even more difficult if one was not prepared for this loss.  It does not matter at what age a parent dies.  The grief is the same. 

This grief may become more visible on days like Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Media and social media constantly remind us to send flowers or buy gifts for our parent.  Long waiting lines in restaurants remind us of the special time spent with our parents.

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If you are a parent, you may find it hard to feed your child if they are a picky eater. About one in four kids develop an eating problem. Most quickly outgrow the fast-food and junk food only phase, but a few need professional assistance. Ochsner Pediatrician Dr. Myriam Ortiz says don’t force them to eat what they don’t want to. It could be due to other issues.


Ortiz says it’s important not to become frustrated with your child. She also warns against bribing your child. You could be training them in a way that is not conducive with what you are trying to accomplish.

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Louisiana's education department has created an online tool aimed at helping families evaluate and compare K-12 public schools and child care centers around the state.

The online site, called the Louisiana School Finder, will launch Tuesday at

The searchable site will list performance scores and ratings for each school and early childhood center; show course offerings and extracurricular activities available by school; and provide basic information about hours of operation, location and website.