Parenting isn’t always intuitive, and many parents need help maneuvering childhood and its many changes and challenges. Here are some organizations that can help, with parenting classes, baby sign language, counseling, education resources, nutrition information, socialization skills and lots more.
Agenda for Children (2486 Florida St., Mandeville, 985-624-2950; 8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 201; 504-586-8509; www.agendaforchildren.org) — The nonprofit advocacy and service organization helps parents find appropriate child care, holds training sessions for parents, has violence prevention programs and health insurance initiatives.
Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (504-464-5733; www.asgno.org) — The group focuses on educational opportunities for children with autism, referral and support services and information for families. It also hosts an art program for autistic children, sensory-friendly films, and family game nights.
Center for Development & Learning (1 Galleria Blvd., Suite 903, Metairie, 504-840-9786; www.cdl.org) — The nonprofit organization presents guides to Louisiana State Standards in education and overviews of what children should learn by grade level in English Language Arts (ELA). There also are teen parenting programs and information about early childhood development, learning issues and social skills.
Child Adolescent Response Team (CART) (800-248-1152; www.new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/directory/detail/356) — Operated by the state Department of Health and Hospitals, CART provides crisis counseling, intervention and stabilization services to children and their families. It also offers support, referrals and advocacy.
Child Counseling Associates (4641 Fairfield St., Suite A, Metairie, 504-875-4587; www.ccanola.com) — Children up to 18 years old can receive treatment for anxiety, behavioral and mental problems, post-traumatic stress and depression.
The Children’s Bureau of New Orleans (2626 Canal St., Suite 201, 504-525-2366; www.childrens-bureau.com) — The nonprofit service organization provides mental health services including family counseling, counseling for children who have experienced trauma, and crisis intervention.
Community Center for Life (539 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-227-9090; www.pregnancytestingwestbank.com) — The center offers free parenting classes that teach strategies for child-rearing, appropriate ways to correct children, set limits for them and more.
Families Helping Families of Southeast Louisiana (7240 Crowder Blvd., Suite 200, 504-888-9111; www.fhfsela.org) — The nonprofit organization provides resources for people with disabilities and their families. Programming…
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