Profiles of Impact
- "She had a zeal for this program."
The four sisters of former parent educator, Cecilia Thiele, remember Cecilia on her birthday with an annual memorial contribution to the Parents as Teachers national office. Read more.
- "All of our kids are at risk."
Chris Yuhasz gets straight to the point when she explains why Parents as Teachers is a good fit for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority. Read more.
“In Somalia, we don't have Head Start or pre-kindergarten, everything starts in 1st grade.”
Refugee Family Services Parents as Teachers reaches Atlanta's multi-ethnic refugee population and serves families in nine languages.Read more.
- "Give Parents as Teachers a chance."
When Stephanie and Kyle Carlin first heard of Parents as Teachers at a birthing class, they were hesitant to join. Who had time for Parents as Teachers visits?! Read more.
"I remember how our parent educators offered encouragement as we journeyed through Cody's early years and showed us ways to GET INVOLVED."
Eighteen years ago, Rhonda needed help with her premature son. Parents as Teachers was there to do just that--to provide support to this new family. Read more.
Legislation Introduced to Expand Access to Early Learning Programs
The Strong Start for America’s Children Act, introduced in the House and Senate by Senator Tom Harkin and by Reps. George Miller and Richard Hanna, seeks to expand early childhood access and quality universal pre-K for 4 year-olds, and to expand Early Head Start/Childcare partnerships. The bill also asks Congress to continue supporting the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Parents as Teachers has formally signed on as a supporter of the bill. More information: Education Week.
Obama Plan for Early Childhood Education
In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for expanded access to high-quality early children education programs for all young Americans. "Parents as Teachers can play a pivotal role in helping make this a reality, and we'll be exploring how we can be part of this ambitious endeavour," says PAT President/CEO Scott Hippert. To learn more about Obama's plan here.
National Children's Study
This national research effort to examine the effects of the environment and genetics on the growth, development, and health of children across the United States is looking for participating families. To learn more, visit the web site.
- Speaking of Schools Podcast
South Carolina's Parents As Teachers program is featured on this podcast. Mary Anne Matthews, Director of Parenting Programs and PAT State Leader with SC First Steps, explains how PAT helps parents raise children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The model has also demonstrated successful results in increasing parent knowledge of early childhood development, improving parenting practices, providing early detection of developmental delays and health issues, preventing child abuse and neglect, and promoting young children’s healthy development and school readiness, including social-emotional and early literacy skills.
Federal Home Visiting Program
Parents as Teachers is approved model for federal home visiting
(View PowerPoint slides here.)
About MIECHV Program
The MIECHV program is designed to strengthen and improve programs and coordination of services for at-risk communities and to improve outcomes for those families. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) see home visiting as one of several strategies embedded in a quality early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant and early childhood health, safety and development, as well as strong parent-child relationships.
The Parents as Teachers FIT
Parents as Teachers is a strong evidence-based home visiting model providing a broad context of parenting education and family support, and building protective factors, especially for those families in vulnerable situations. At its core, Parents as Teachers is relationship-based and parenting-focused. Our approach and curriculum focus on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being; on strengths, capabilities and skills; and on building protective factors within the family. Parents as Teachers serves a range of families with high needs—not just first time parents, pregnant parents or teen parents—and offers services throughout the continuum from prenatal to kindergarten entry.
A newly revised curriculum with an increased emphasis on evidence-based practices for working with vulnerable populations and a strengthened home visiting model with a heightened focus on quality means Parents as Teachers is well positioned to demonstrate success and document model fidelity.
- Parents as Teachers Essential Requirements
See why Strengthening FamiliesTM protective factors increase our effectiveness.
Resources to help with updated state plans
See the expected outcomes from the Parents as Teachers approach in this logic model.
Meeting the needs of targeted communities
See how Parents as Teachers addresses needs of many at-risk demographics in this curriculum outline. Communities can use the Parents as Teachers Readiness Reflection to assess their readiness for implementation.
Planning affiliate implementation
Use this form to plan for implemention [download].
See how Parents as Teachers curriculum matches up with MIECHV benchmarks here.
Building a budget for implementation
Use this interactive budget tool to help build a start-up budget for year one and an ongoing budget for successive years here. (Note: see all 3 tabs)
The Supplemental Information Request (SIR) for state home visiting plans outlines nine sections of required narrative in updated plans. Parents as Teachers has crafted language around each of these sections to support you as you write your narrative.
Process of approval for MIECHV state agency to implement the Parents as Teachers model
- Read the Essential Requirements
- Receive approval letter from Parents as Teachers national office
- The Parents as Teachers office will need 5 business days to review submitted plans and produce the approval letter, so please factor this into your timeline.
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Federal Home Visiting Programs
Parents as Teachers is an approved home visiting model meeting the evidence-based criteria of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) and considered a promising approach for the Tribal Home Visiting Grantees. Recorded webinars highlighting the resources Parents as Teachers has to support the development of home visiting plans are temporarily under construction. Please check back later.
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