Our 2015 LAPEN Summit was held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center in Port Allen.  The theme for this year's event was Adverse Childhood Experiences: Parenting Education is Key. You can download a flyer for the event by clicking on the link Download Flyer. You may also access copies of our speaker's presentations by visiting Summits and Conferences.   
Speaking of speakers, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Summit speakers, Dr. Robert Anda and Dr. Stewart Gordon, and all of our guest panelists. Your dynamic presentations and thought-provoking discussions helped to make our 2015 Annual LAPEN Summit a great success!
 We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors: Southeast Louisiana AHEC, Children's Trust Fund, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Louisiana Healthcare Connections. 
 Thank you all for your kind and generous support!   








LAPEN recently received grant awards from the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund for statewide “Triple P Coordination and Collaboration” and the 2016 LAPEN Summit.  Thanks to the CTF Grant Review Committee for the award and ongoing support of LAPEN!



The LSU School of Social Work / LAPEN Parenting Education Certification Program


Parenting educators complete the first LSU School of Social Work / LAPEN certification program in May 2014! Read more here...

The Spring 2015 Parenting Education Certification Program started January 28, 2015 and ended on March 18, 2015. We held three full-day sessions on January 28th, February 11th, and February 25th, and one half-day session on March 18th.  Registration was conducted online through the LSU School of Social Work.  We are planning to conduct another Certification Program January-February 2016. Please visit our calendar for detailed updates which will be available soon.     





Barbara LeBlanc chosen as new Chair of the


National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)



Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW, BACS, is the 2014-2016 chair of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN). She has worked at The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital since 1988, first as assistant director, and became director in August 2005. Barbara teaches Theories of Child Development as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane School of Social Work. She served as one of the original co-chairs of the Louisiana Parenting Education Network (LAPEN) and continues as an active member of the LAPEN Guidance Team.  Thanks Barbara for all of your hard work and congratulations!   We are very proud of your accomplishments.  



LAPEN profiled in new report, Improving Supports for Parents of Young Children.

CDC launches Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers 


If your work involves parenting education, identify yourself as a parent educator. 

Sign up at the Registry of Parent Educators.The registry is a directory of Louisiana’s Parent Educators. You can search the registry to find parent educators across the state and by parish. Information from the registry will be used to plan trainings and workshops for parent educators, and to advocate for and support parenting education. Help us make parenting education more visible. Join the Registry.