Parents As Teachers at Great Beginnings
The concept for Parents as Teachers (PAT) was developed in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of learning readiness. Research showed that greater family involvement in children’s learning is a critical link in the child’s development of academic skills, including reading and writing. Early childhood professionals suggested a program to help parents prepare children for school and life success. Parents as Teachers began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project for first-time parents of newborns. Convinced of the program’s benefits and cost effectiveness, state funding was provided in 1985 to implement the Parents as Teachers program in all Missouri school districts. Since 1985, Parents as Teachers has expanded to all 50 states and many other countries.
The Lee’s Summit Parents As Teachers program serves families with children from birth through age 5. Currently, there are 22 trained Parent educators working directly with Lee’s Summit parents to provide home visits, developmental screenings and parent group connections. Many parents choose to have their 3-5 year old’s screened at our Great Beginnings Center. We offer many parent and family focused group connections each year. These group connections may be in the format of a speaker regarding a parenting topic or a family fun/educational activity.