School Readiness Institutes
The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative includes a focus on School Readiness to ensure children are ready to enter kindergarten.
The Foundation's work in this area will enhance and support training opportunities for the public schools and other early childhood education agencies in its service area participating in the state of Louisiana's Community Network pilots. The networks include Pre-K, Head Start and child-care centers, and focus on early childhood education. The Community Network pilot is part of Louisiana's efforts to develop a unified Early Childhood System of Local Networks as directed by Act 3 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session, which when fully implemented will expand access to high quality, publicly funded early childhood education programs and ensure more children are ready to enter kindergarten.
The Foundation's work in this area is administered by The Orchard Foundation. To learn more about training opportunities associated with the school readiness component, please contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-6561 or toll free at 800-804-8454.