Parent’s Corner

Are You an EarlySteps Parent?

Check out the Welcome page! This page contains information and details you will need throughout the EarlySteps intake process. Your Intake Coordinator will review this information during your meetings. We recommend bookmarking the page to easily return to it as a reference.

Child Development Basics

The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential.

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.

Concerned about your child's development?

Complete the EarlySteps referral form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your concerns.

Why is Early Childhood Important to Substance Abuse Prevention?

Abundant research in psychology, human development, and other fields has shown that events and circumstances early in peoples’ lives influence future decisions, life events, and life circumstances—or what is called the life course trajectory. People who use drugs typically begin doing so during adolescence or young adulthood (see “Adolescent Drug Use”), but the ground may be prepared for drug use much earlier, by circumstances and events that affect the child during the first several years of life and even before birth.



The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is comprised of twenty-eight people from across the state who are appointed by the Governor to develop and implement a five-year plan to address the needs of persons with developmental disabilities.


CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation.

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The Arc of Louisiana is an organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.


Families Helping Families of Acadiana is one of ten 501©3 non-profit resource centers located throughout the state of Louisiana. FHF are parents that have gone through what you're going through, the individual that lives with a disability every day and the family that is continuously trying to figure out what is best for your child or children.


LaCAN furthers the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission by advocating for policies and systems that support inclusion everywhere people learn, work, live, and play. LaCAN advocates for service systems that support children and adults with disabilities to live in their own homes and be fully-included and participating members of their local schools and communities.


Founded in 1977 by leading researchers and clinicians in diverse disciplines focused on child development, the global non-profit organization now reaches millions of parents, professionals and policymakers each year.


Additional Resources to Assist Through Your Journey


Early Ed Month 2022 Parent Advocacy Training

This hour-long training will teach parents to how to communicate and engage with their elected officials at the state and local levels. This event is being co-hosted by Stand for Children Louisiana and the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children.

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Birth to 3 Seats

Lafayette Ready Start Network has partnered with Early Learning Centers across Lafayette Parish to offer high quality early childhood seats for children under the age of 3.

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Hurricane Ida Resources

A collection of hurricane resources collected and shared by the Human Development Center at LSU Health Science Center staff that benefit individuals, children, and families.

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DSNAP – Hurricane Ida

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in 25 parishes severely affected by Hurricane Ida.

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