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Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has created a parents club as part of her “cradle to K” initiative to promote early childhood development in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The club will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 22, April 19 and May 10 at Shiloh Early Learning Academy. Parents will be able to discuss “the joys and stresses” of raising kids while volunteers from Head Start and other children’s programs will watch over their kids and offer free tutoring for those older than eight.

The objective, Broome’s office said, is to help parents build on three goals: patience, curiosity and conversation. Parents who attend three or more sessions will be invited to a celebration at the Knock Knock Children’s museum, according to a news release.

“We know that emotional support is essential for early childhood development, and that the first five years are crucial,” Broome said in a statement.

“It's during these years that you and your children develop the habits that will stay with you for years to come. Our mission is to create families amongst families and to bridge the gap between parents and resources.”

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