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Helping Children & Families Cope with Trauma When parent educators, families and children experience or witness traumatic events (such as the recent situation in Ferguson, Missouri), Parents as Teachers can provide assistance to help them cope. Here are some tips and guidelines for how to communicate with children in times of trauma.
2015 Workshop Call for Proposals Now Open Workshop Call for Proposals now open – deadline for submission is February 2. View the 2015 Call for Proposal guidelines and application form. Conference registration slated to open in April – stay tuned!
Your Purchase at Amazon.com Supports PAT Shopping online?  All purchases made through Amazon Smiles help support the Conference Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for Parents as Teachers parent educators to attend conference for the very first time. Thank you for supporting Parents as Teachers!
Thanks to All Who Attended the 2014 Conference A big thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 PAT Conference a great success!  Check out the presentations and handouts, photos and videos.
Alignment with State Early Learning Standards A fillable form has been developed to assist programs with creating an alignment between states’ early learning standards and the PAT Foundational Curriculum. The form includes Parents as Teachers parent educator resources, parent handouts and parent-child activity pages organized by developmental domain. State early learning standards for infants and toddlers can be typed directly into the left-hand column to create the alignment. See the form
Parents as Teachers Named to S&I 100 Index   Parents as Teachers has been named as one of America’s top-performing nonprofits, and has been added to the S&I 100 Index. The S&I 100 is an index of U.S. nonprofits that have evidence of results and are ready to grow. Read the press release.
PAT Partners with Helpouts by Google   Parents as Teachers has partnered with Helpouts by Google to offer free 1-on-1 video sessions with trusted experts who can answer questions and give parenting advice on nutrition, transitions, behavior, sleep and keeping your child healthy and safe. More information.      
Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success Nearly half of U.S. children live in low-income families, but early intervention can help counteract the effects of poverty and help children reach their full potential in school and in life. Read this Huffington Post blog by Diana Mendley Rauner (Ounce of Prevention Fund) and co-author Scott Hippert (Parents as Teachers).
PAT Celebrates its 30th Anniversary Parents as Teachers is celebrating its 30th year. Mildred Winter, PAT Founding Director, remembers what it was like trying to gather support for PAT in the early years.   .
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Early Education Home Visiting Collaboration Strengthens Oklahoma’s Efforts to Support Families, Young Children
Oklahoma families with young children soon will have increased access to parenting skill-building and child development information that’s best suited for them. This is due to a new collaborative effort by several national home visiting organizations fully funded through a $3,162,355 two-year grant to the Parents as Teachers National Center from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Read the news release

Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success
Nearly half of our country's children live in low-income families, and studies have shown that poverty can have a devastating effect on a child's brain development. Early intervention can help to remediate the vicious impact of poverty and help children reach their full potential in school and in life. Read Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success, a Huffington Post blog by Diana Mendley Rauner, president of Ounce of Prevention Fund, and co-authored by Scott Hippert, president and CEO of Parents as Teachers.

 

  • PAT National Center Offices Closed
    November 27-28, 2014
    St. Louis, MO

Directory of National Early Intervention Resources - 2013

Autism Resources
Reliable resources on ASDs for early childhood professionals and families

Strategic Plan - 2012-2015
A path to quality growth and sustainability.

Federal Home Visiting Program

Parents as Teachers is approved model for federal home visiting

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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.

See why Strengthening FamiliesTM protective factors increase our effectiveness.

Resources to help with updated state plans

  • Identifying outcomes

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].

  • Meeting benchmarks

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)

  • Template language

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
    • Contact Parents as Teachers national office to discuss budget development and quality implementation of the model.
    • 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.

Questions?

Contact Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Cheryle Dyle-Palmer at 314-432-4330 ext. 270. [fact sheet]

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Helping all children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn. Visit us at www.ParentsAsTeachers.org

Parents as Teachers Supports Parent Educators in Ferguson

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Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) recently invited Parent Educators from the Ferguson area to onsite meetings with mental health consultant Dr. Peggy North-Jones (see the 90-minute video of that meeting) and to a discussion with panelists Redditt Hudson, Traci Blackmon and Siera Irby-Smith (see that discussion).  

As PATNC President and CEO Scott Hippert points out in this letter, it's important to focus on the children and to help them avoid the stressful situations that can negatively affect the ability to learn and interact with others.

Also see: PATNC has developed resources for parents and parent educators to use during times of trauma.

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