September 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Ann Becker
Entergy Services, Inc.
Entergy Partners with Childhood and Learning Family Foundation
Innovative education program helps remove barriers to learning

New Orleans, La. - A kindergarten teacher greets her students on the first day of class. They are excited, fidgety, eager to learn and a little anxious. She sees a class full of potential. But what she does not see is that as many as 57 percent of her students have undiagnosed vision, hearing or dental problems. As many as 22 percent suffer from chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, mental illness and behavioral problems. These are conditions easily addressed, but left untreated they are barriers to learning.

Thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Entergy, the Childhood and Family Learning Foundation is able to remove these barriers by making sure students receive health screenings and services to address such needs. During the 2012-2013 school year, the Childhood and Family Learning Foundation partnered with 10 New Orleans schools. Eight of the schools serve at-risk children in areas with the highest poverty rates, including Central City and Treme. Partnerships with approved day-care centers made the program available to very young children.

Almost 5,000 children received comprehensive health screenings and follow-up services as needed. For schools participating in the program at least two years, school performance scores have increased by as much 12 percent in every school but one. Louisiana Education Assessment Program scores also showed significant gains in almost every testing group.

Virtually all of the children served by the foundation are eligible for Medicaid, but many do not receive the screenings and services that they need. The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation helps the schools file for Medicaid provider status, enabling the schools to bill Medicaid for the services provided and ensuring sustainability for the program.

Using a health team model that includes parents, primary care providers, teachers, administrators and school staff, the foundation ensures each child receives a comprehensive health assessment. Individual plans of action and intervention are developed for each student. Actions can range from providing a child with glasses or hearing aids to offering intervention services to a child with previously undiagnosed autism.

Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.