Who We Are
Cradle to K is Mayor Weston Broome’s signature education initiative dedicated to strengthening the culture of parenting in Baton Rouge through our three parenting pillars, patience, curiosity, and conversation.
Our mission is to strengthen the culture of parenting in Baton Rouge.
Our vision is to create a community of confident and supportive parents whose children show up to school curious and ready to learn.
Recognizing the pivotal impact that quality early education can have on a child’s later success in school and the workforce, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome placed early childhood education at the center of her 2016 mayoral campaign platform. Upon taking office, she organized key community stakeholders in the early childhood space to identify opportunities for action. What started as a platform for discussing early childhood needs became Cradle to K, Mayor Weston Broome’s signature early education initiative dedicated to strengthening the culture of parenting in Baton Rouge.
Cradle to K was founded in July 2017 and the first Parent Club was launched in January 2018. Since then, Cradle to K has graduated two cohorts of parents committed to preparing their children for success in Kindergarten by drawing on the educational and behavioral strategies C2K has equipped them to use. The initiative has also launched a parent resource page on Facebook and partnered with local nonprofits to expand its reach.
Cradle to K is currently developing a series of short video tutorials in collaboration with local early education experts on the topics of kindergarten readiness, parenting, child development and behavioral management.
Cradle to K focuses on research-backed practices that put parents and children first. As such, families are at the heart of everything Cradle to K does. Through direct programming, family engagement, and media outreach, we are dedicated to building a Baton Rouge that supports parents and nurtures children.
Cradle to K Parent Club
Parents are our greatest resource and Cradle to K recognizes how important parenting is. Through our Parent Clubs, parents meet a monthly basis with other caregivers from their community to engage and discuss material related to that month’s parenting pillar. Our programming while informative, also includes conversations about the joys and challenges of parenting alongside trained facilitators with backgrounds in early education, social work, and child development.
Childcare is provided so parents can focus on their most important job – raising bright, healthy young minds and bodies!
WIC Family Engagement Circles
If you’ve been to a WIC clinic lately, you’ve probably seen our Family Engagement Circles in the waiting room. Cradle to K believes in making it easy for children and parents to engage in learning, and we’ve brought together the library system, Department of Health, and Louisiana State University’s Child and Family Studies Service Learning program to create space for children to read with their parents or trained volunteers while waiting. This is a great opportunity for children to get that extra reading time with no cost to parents.
Social Media Connection
We know that resources work best when they’re in the hands of parents and families. We also understand the value of virtual engagement in a changing world. Through our Facebook, Instagram, and website, we bring together curated resources and media directly to our online community for immediate use. Whether it’s an upcoming community event, a thoughtful parent testimony, or simply an inspiring message, we gather daily content useful for families.