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Message from our CEO


Dear Friends,

It’s no mystery why Louisiana ranks 44th in the nation for public education performance 54 of our 64 parishes have higher rates of school-aged children living in poverty than the national average.
The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation is working to turn that around. In fact, few programs provide services that are as direct and transformative as ours. Simply by identifying and addressing our kids’ health needs, we remove enormous barriers to learning, freeing them to learn and putting them on track to success in school and in life. Consider New Orleans, where a daunting 39% of children live in poverty (over 1,200,000 children). So far in 2015, your support has helped us serve eight schools and more than 1,600 schoolchildren. That means that in fewer than eight years, we’ve enrolled 22 schools in our program and served more than 26,000 children. Thank you!
But we’re just getting started.
This year, we joined with the state departments of health and education to form a task force to design the Louisiana Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Statewide Model. Endorsed by the state legislature, the goal is to mold the delivery of Louisiana’s education and health services into a coordinated system to ensure that every child in Louisiana has the chance to succeed in school and in life.
We’ve spearheaded this action and have been working hard to make it happen, to bring the benefits of our program statewide. We need your help to see it through.
Will you renew or increase your support now to help us reach the thousands of
children across Louisiana who need our services?
Imagine life in Louisiana when we finally have some of the highest high school graduation rates in the nation and our children’s basic health needs are being met. Imagine the impact a healthy, well-educated workforce will have on public safety, employment, and our economy. It’s what inspires me to keep working, to keep pushing.
We’ve come this far together. Help us build on that momentum so we can continue this vital work. Please give today.
Thank you for your generosity.
Kind regards,
Phyllis Landrieu. President & Chief Executive Officer

In the News:

12.3.14: Childhood and Family Learning Foundation’s annual benefit honors local broadcast media from


The Childhood & Family Learning Foundation is honored to recognize recipients of the New Council for Community and Justice Weiss Award. The celebration recognizes exceptional civic and humanitarian contribution.

Among this year’s recipients is Ashton Ryan, Co-Founder and Childhood & Family Learning Foundation Board Member, president and chief executive officer of First NBC Bank. He has made many personal and financial contributions to the Foundation and is a strong leader in the Foundation’s direction and mission.

The Times-Picayune lauded First National Bank of Commerce as among the fastest growing banks in the nation in the years following the 2008 financial crisis, and Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation is very proud. Congratulations on being ranked 18th nationally with $3.6 B in total assets, and a 263% increase over the five-year period.

Another honoree, Irvin Mayfield, is a Grammy award-winning artist, who along with Ellis Marsalis was a featured performer at our fundraising gala this year. He has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation and is a great influence on the future of many New Orleans children through his directorship of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.

Ashton Ryan

Irvin Mayfield


Curt honored as outstanding NOLA broadcaster, on October 25, 2014, the Childhood and Family Learning Foundation honored WGNO’s Curt Sprang as one of the area’s Outstanding Men in Broadcast Media.