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Northwestern State University Child and Family Network is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, in the College of Science and Technology of NSU. Child and Family Network provides services in 21 parishes throughout Central and Northwest Louisiana for:
. parents and children
. child care center employees and directors
. family child care home providers
Our main office in Shreveport, with satellite offices in Alexandria at the England Airpark campus and at the main campus in Natchitoches, enable us to serve Central and Northwest Louisiana.
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Our agency has a wealth of expertise in all areas of child care operation: planning, staffing, food service, curriculum, regulations, national trends, enrollment, policies and procedures, and financial matters. NSU Child and Family Network provides training and technical assistance for child care employees throughout Central and North Louisiana. More than 120 workshops and 7 classes leading to the Child Development Associate (CDA national credential), and CEUs to renew CDA are held annually. Additionally, we hold conferences and special projects. NSU Child and Family Network also conducts the required health department training.
Referrals: NSU Child and Family Network operates a child care resource and referral program. This service provides parent referrals, consultation on child care issues, services to employers, and forums on the business aspects of child care.
Technical assistance: The NSU technical assistance project includes visits to child care centers and family child care providers registered or licensed through the Department of Children and Families. Required Orientation to Family Child Care is conducted by the NSU Child and Family Network.
Child care center technical assistance includes topics such as Quality Start, room arrangement, learning experiences, and strategies for quality improvement. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale is used to help centers improve, while both the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale and the Parents as Teachers program are used to help family child care providers increase their quality of service.
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Learn more about Quality Start in this videoQuality Start