67th Annual Imagine Conference

The 67th Annual Imagine Conference 2020 Vision for Young Children will be held using a virtual format. Sessions will be recorded and made available for a two week period from October 15 through October 29. The conference will feature Dan St. Romain, Rachel Giannini, Janine Halloran, and a cameo appearance by Hap Palmer. Mississippi favorites Judy Prine and Melissa Tenhet will also provide keynote addresses. We also have a surprise keynote presenter that you won't want to miss.


This year's registration fee of $60 includes a one-year membership to the Mississippi Early Childhood Association! Contact hours will be provided for everyone and CEUs are offered for an additional $5.


Details for connecting to the conference will be provided by email prior to the affair's start date.

Click here to register. 

LOU Parent Academy | 2020-2021

The Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI) is proud to partner with Bramlett Elementary School and Lafayette Lower Elementary School to offer The LOU Parent Academy to parents of three, four, and five-year-olds in our community.  The LOU Parent Academy is a free program designed to help parents prepare their three, four, and five-year-old children for a successful start in school. Any parents with three, four, and five-year-olds in the LOU Community may participate.  


The program covers a series of kindergarten-readiness topics such as oral language, early reading, math, general development, etc. over the course of the school year, referred to as “modules.” The modules are conducted monthly. Parents will receive hands-on instruction and be given free materials and activities to take home and use with their children to support their learning and development.  Door prizes, meal, and limited childcare will also be provided! It does not matter at which school your child attends/will attend kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year.


The Barksdale Reading Institute was founded in 2000 by Jim and Sally Barksdale, who, after researching the state of education in America, became convinced that reading is the most fundamental skill that every child must master in order to become successful. BRI is designed to significantly improve Mississippi students’ pre-literacy and reading skills.

We are pleased and honored that Parent Academy will be provided to the LOU Community for the 2020-2021 school year. While LOU families and local schools navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LOU Reads and its collaborators are striving to provide a program that will deliver on Parent Academy’s mission in an environment that is safe for all. Details on scheduling and modules for the 2020-2021 Parent Academy program are coming soon.

For more information about The Parent Academy and/or The Barksdale Reading Institute, please visit

LOU Reads Coalition | 2020-2021 Meetings

Join us for quarterly meetings to learn ways to get involved in the LOU Community. We focus on School Readiness, School Attendance, Summer Learning/Out-of-School Time, and Grade-Level Reading. There are multiple opportunities to enhance early childhood in our community through volunteering, planning, and promoting. Join us to see how to get PLUGGED IN!!!

August 20, 2020 | 4:00pm

::LOU Reads Summer Coalition Meeting::


Meeting ID: 842 4204 3148

Passcode: 2L4u9U


November 18, 2020 | 4:00pm

::Fall Coalition Meeting::


Meeting ID: 840 5648 2260

Passcode: T3Y02T


February 18, 2021

Details TBD

May 13, 2021

Details TBD

Out-of-School Time Coffee Hour

We work to build a professional learning community of local out-of-school time providers through monthly coffee hours on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 9:00am to 10:00am. We normally meet in the lobby of The Graduate Hotel in Oxford; however, all meetings have been moved to Zoom amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

September's Out-of-School Time Coffee Hour will be held Wednesday, September 16, 9:00am - 10:00am. Meeting via Zoom allows us all to discuss out-of-school time opportunities in the L.O.U. community while staying safe and healthy. We hope to see you there! 

Please join us!

Details below:

Meeting time: September 16, 2020 | 9:00am-10:00am
Meeting ID: 820 2749 8211
Password: 873762
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