Promoting community partnerships in New Orleans to help children succeed in school and life


Lisa Schlakman

Lisa Schlakman

Lisa Schlakman has worked in the early childhood sector for over 30 years, developing and publishing teacher reference and curriculum materials and conducting trainings for teachers, administrators and family childcare providers. She was editor-in-chief of First Teacher Magazine for 20 years as well as EverydayTLC newsletter.

During the past 10 years, she has worked in the New Orleans childcare and charter school environment, having built relationships between the two sectors,  initiating and implemented the first successful Diverse Delivery partnerships in the city.  She is the primary author of First Teacher Louisiana, a comprehensive training program for Family Childcare providers, commissioned by Louisiana Department of Family Services.

Inspired by her daughter and five stepsons, Schlakman authored two parenting books:  Parents and Kids Together and Special Times for Parents and Kids Together, both published by Warner Books.

Jaime Buck

Jaime Buck was born and raised in New Orleans.  After receiving her M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Orleans, she worked as a researcher studying homelessness and addictions.  After having her children, she became more interested in children and families.  She returned to school and received her MSW in 1996 from Tulane University.  Since that time, she has worked with families as a parent educator.  She has worked with kindergarten children and families through ELF for the past 5 years.  The most rewarding part of her work is the time she spends interacting with students in kindergarten classrooms.

Becky Collins

Becky Collins is a licensed clinical social worker and an infant mental health specialist who has served the New Orleans community in many ways during her career.    She was a therapist on the Infant Team at the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority while earning her Harris Fellowship from the LSU Medical Center.  Collins worked at the Children’s Bureau as a clinical social worker specializing in family preservation and implemented a domestic violence counseling program.  Most recently, as a member of the ELF team, she has designed developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities that increase the social and emotional development of kindergarten and pre-k children at New Orleans elementary schools.  Collins is the mother of five children and is the Vice President of the PTSA at her children’s school.


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