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City of New Orleans Racial Equity Toolkit

December 17, 2021

The city we are today has been shaped by our deep and complex 300-year history. From the first arrival of African Slaves to this region in 1718, our Black community has played an intrinsic role in forging the city structurally, economically, and culturally, and we remain the most Afro-centric city in the United States. New Orleanians are no strangers to tragedy, disruption, and sometimes deliberate actions to disadvantage Black residents and all residents of color.Racial injustice and inequality are pressing issues in our city, especially as it relates to how our residents interact with City government. We have a moral and principled obligation to ensure equal opportunity, economic, and social mobility for our residents of color. The path to achieve this requires us to meet our residents where they are by providing equitable services throughout our daily work in each and every department. 

Racial Equity and Healing

Winning New Rights for Lactating Workers: An Advocate’s Toolkit

November 30, 2021

Most lawmakers know very little about breastfeeding and lactation, much less about the needs of lactating workers. Your involvement in the advocacy process as a breastfeeding advocate or lactation expert is critical to educating lawmakers and the public about why legal rights for lactating workers are important – for maternal and child health, health equity, family economic security, and the fair treatment of women in the workplace. This toolkit is designed to support you in your advocacy journey.This toolkit shares information, model language, and tools to aid your fight for better protections in your state, no matter where you're starting. It is our hope that this toolkit will serve you as would a good nursing bra: by giving functional support, promoting access, and uplifting you in a way that makes your hard work a little easier.

Maternal and Child Health

Farm to Early Care and Education Self-Assessment

October 8, 2021

Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of activities that include purchasing and serving local foods, gardening (indoors or outdoors), and food and agriculture education activities. This Farm to ECE Self-Assessment from the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is designed to help ECE providers and those who work with ECE providers assess their current farm to ECE practices and develop goals and action plans to grow farm to ECE at their site

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Cape Toolkit

October 1, 2021

The 2021 CAPE Toolkit provides a comprehensive outline of the process MMA undertook to establish, evolve, and maintain the CAPE initiative. The Toolkit provides guidelines for other institutions looking to create similar initiatives within their own environments. The development of goals, the training of staff, the creation of an Innovation Lab, and the activation of the Community Advisory Council, are just a few of the features detailed in the Toolkit.

Y is for Young: Infants and Toddlers Edition

June 30, 2021

Naturally, our little ones' accomplishments delight us! We look forward to and take pride in their first smile, the first time they roll over on their own, their first steps and first words, and their first signs of independence and understanding of our big world. Their increasing capacities often become our reassurance that we are doing well at the job of raising them. Yet one of the paradoxes of caring for infants and toddlers is that our joy over their growth and our attention to the ways they are changing can keep us from recognizing and appreciating where they are right now, in this moment, exactly as they are. Being present, paying attention, showing our joy in simply being with them in the here and now, sends a message to our children that they are more than their accomplishments, that their value to us is not just in what they can do, but is simply because they are who they are.

Z is for Zany: Early Learners Edition

June 28, 2021

You move to the beat of your own drum. You are a one-person parade going through life and demonstrating ALL the AMAZING things you are!

X is for Xenial: Infants and Toddlers Edition

June 28, 2021

Little ones are innately interested in other people. Oftentimes, one of their first words is "hi" and a wave is their earliest expression of social skills. Though they are naturally xenial (zee-nee-uhl) and eager to connect, babies and toddlers often look to their trusted adults for cues regarding how safe the new person is for them. They read our facial expressions and body language to see if we are saying uh oh, not sure or friend! And all too often, we convey the message that people who are different from ourselves are to be treated with caution, if not with outright fear. Though our intent is to keep them safe, it's also important that we model how to be xenial to new and different people as well. We can support our children to find a safe balance and connect with other humans.

Z is for Zany: Infants and Toddlers Edition

June 28, 2021

Oh the magic of babies' first bursts of laughter and the wriggling exuberance of toddler delight! Given the hard work of caring for little ones, it's a good thing that they share their pleasure so outwardly and freely. It is one of the gifts of being in the presence of these very young human beings. Witnessing your little one's glee goes deeper than the enjoyment of the moment. One of the side effects of shared laughter is a deep sense of fellowship and safety with those who laugh with you.

Y is for Young: Early Learners Edition

June 28, 2021

Even though you are young, your thoughts and experiences are valuable. You have walked the steps you have walked. You already have dreams to dream and goals to accomplish.

U is for Unique: Infants and Toddlers Edition

June 25, 2021

Every child is born unique and brings their own style, temperament and pace of living into the world. Yet, too often we compare our children to others, focusing on differences, striving for sameness, and worrying about how quickly they do or don't reach milestones. This focus on who they should be, or will be one day, distracts us from the wonderful, fully human, version of themselves right now. Rather than thinking about who is the fastest or the best, or how they compare to siblings or other children, focus on the unique way your infant or toddler interacts with the world at this moment and the special fact that they are the only one who will ever get to be them.

X is for Xenial: Early Learners Edition

June 25, 2021

It's simple to be xenial. Welcome others, especially strangers or guests, and make them feel at home. That is an important way to act every day!

W is for Worthy: Infants and Toddlers Edition

June 24, 2021

It can be so exciting to think about who our babies will become and all of the amazing things they will learn and do. And, as caregivers of young children, it's a part of our job to help little ones grow. But babies come to us worthy of being loved and valued as they are right now. When our attention is focused solely on a child's future or on their next accomplishment, unintentionally, we're telling our little ones that who they are right now isn't enough. As their loving caregivers, we can let our little ones know that they are worthy of love, respect, and joy just as they are, without having to earn or prove it.

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