Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based, early childhood home education program that provides services for students until they turn 6 or start kindergarten, whichever occurs first. This program seeks to build strong communities and thriving families, emphasizing the emotional and physical health of children, and ensures readiness to learn. A trained professional makes regular home visits to support the parents as they guide their child's education from prenatal through school entry by emphasizing parent-child interaction, family centered health, and developmentally appropriate practices. Within the PAT framework, you will experience personal visits, group connections, screenings, and recourse referrals.
In Missouri, Parents as Teachers programs are supported through a collaborative partnerships with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - the Early Learning Section, the Parents as Teacher National Center (PATNC), and the local school district. Each partner has specific roles and responsibilities that collectively ensure that families in Missouri have access to quality parent education services through the PAT program. Expected outcomes include increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improvement of parent practices, prevention of child abuse and neglect, early detection of development delays and health issues, increased school readiness and success, and an early establishment of positive partnerships between the home and school.
At Concordia R-2 School District, Courtney Reynolds coordinates the Parents as Teachers program. You can reach her at 660-436-2261 or email her by clicking here.