Step Forward

About Step Forward

Step Forward convenes community leaders and uses data to illuminate obstacles faced by children of color and those living in poverty.  Through a shared community vision, Step Forward and its partners use evidence-based decision making and collaborative action to make positive changes for North Louisiana children.  This type of change can only be achieved through a partnership with the entire community.  CFNLA seeks success for every child in North Louisiana with the ultimate goal of all children obtaining a sustainable, living-wage job by age 25.

Upcoming Events: Step Forward ACEs Parent Talks Series

Step Forward in partnership with SPAR presents “Bouncin Back” a series of community conversations on Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs). Now more than ever parents and caregivers need access to the tools and resources that reduce trauma and encourage resiliency. The ACEs Parent Talks are safe settings where parents and caregivers can share their daily challenges, learn ways to practice self-care and explore how best to support the developmental and social emotional needs of their children. The series will offer three FREE events for parents and/ or caregivers. Please see dates & times below and register if you would like to attend.

January 27 at Mamie Hicks Recreation Center | 10:00 am – Noon: Register
April 20 at Valencia Recreation Center | 10:00 am – Noon: Register
July 20 at Lakeside Park Recreation Center | 10:00 am – Noon: Register


addressing trauma and strengthening mental health
early childhood education and kindergarten readiness
college preparedness and workforce development

More information and updates about Step Forward coming to the CFNLA website soon. Keep checking this page for the most recent news about Step Forward’s initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact Carla Burgos at