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Early Learning

Imagine young children learning basic math, science and reading skills by acting, singing and dancing. The arts can stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, enhance symbolic communication, promote relationships and build confidence in students. Young Audiences Early Learning Program is based on these principles and provides children, ages 2 - 6, with educational experiences in music, dance, theater and visual arts through age-appropriate performances, workshops and residencies.

Louisiana Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap is an internationally respected program that provides innovtive arts-based teaching strategies and services for early-childhood teachers, caregivers, and parents of children from birth to age six through the disciplines of drama, movement, and music. Young Audiences is one of 19 Wolf Trap affilliates in the nation, joining as the regional affiliate in 2010. To learn more about the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, click here

Louisiana Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts Early Head Start and Head Start Initiative

Young Audiences provides teachers access to a research-tested, innovative professional development program that enriches instructional practice and helps to make teachers more effective. Through a residency program that pairs master teaching artists with classroom educators, Young Audiences is helping teachers foster creativity, critical thinking, and emergent literacy skills through music, movement, drama, and puppetry. Since 2014, multi-year support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has allowed Young Audiences to offer our Louisiana Wolf Trap Classroom Residency Program at Kingsley House and Educare Head Start and Early Head Start centers.  Building on the success of the residencies, YALA launched a series of arts-integrated workshops at local libraries to assist caregivers with early literacy strategies they could implement at home. Generous funding from Baptist Community Ministries in 2018 enabled YALA to expand this initiative to serve early learners and their teachers at 30 Total Community Action Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms. YALA is also excited to announce support from the Institute of Mental Hygiene to conduct the program at Royal Castle Child Development Center with the goal of improving student social/emotional wellness during the 2018-19 academic year.

Baby Artsplay!TM Presented by The Helis Foundation

Now in its second year, Baby Artsplay!TM Presented by The Helis Foundation is engaging families  with toddlers through 30 minute interactive sessions at local cultural, arts, and history institutions. Click here for more information and our summer / fall 2018 schedule, and to register.


Louisiana Wolf Trap Artists: 

Alyse Frosch
Andrea Peoples
Baderinwa "Ellen" Rolland
Briceshanay Gresham
Chris Sheard
Dana Leon
Giselle Nakhid
Janese Brooks-Galathe
Jessica Brown
Nanette Ledet
Rebecca Frank
Ryuta Iwashita
Sophia Rabinovitz
Todd Shaffer
Howe Pearson


"Preschool children whose classes and teachers participated in residencies by a Wolf Trap professional teaching artist made quantifiable improvement in the following six categories: Initiative, Social Relations, Creative Representation, Logic and Mathematics, Language and Literacy, and Movement and Music."

- Douglas Klayman, PhD
  U.S. Department of Education


Early Learning Offerings


Artist: Dave James
This program is specifically designed for younger students to learn about the most basic concepts of music like melody, rhythm and singing. Participation is encouraged with percussion, clapping and call and response singing.

Alex McConduit hosts an interactive reading of his book, Snowballs For All, while each student receives one free sno ball from a local vendor.

Students will learn about poetry, rhyming words, the history of sno balls and their unique existence in southeast Louisiana. Students will also learn how McConduit became an author and about the importance of ideas, reading, and writing in everyday life.

Choose from one of the many fun and exciting stories these puppets can tell!

Designed to spark readiness through stories, song and rhymes, this program is sure to excite emerging readers!
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