Parents as Teachers
The Parents as Teachers program is an international parent education and family support program that serves families from pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. Recognizing that all families can benefit from support, Parents as Teachers families come in all configurations, from all socio-economic levels, and from rural, urban and suburban communities.
The program is adaptable to fit community needs. The Parents as Teachers Born to Learn model is unique in that it incorporates a home visiting component that has demonstrated positive results, utilizes a research-based curriculum for home visiting that promotes optimal child development and positive parent-child relationships and; delivers developmental, hearing, and vision screenings that can result in early identification of delays or health issues. The goals of the program are to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices; provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues; prevent child abuse and neglect; increase children’s school readiness and school success. To achieve these goals, the Parents as Teachers Born to Learn™ model provides four core service delivery components:
- Personal Visits
- Socialization Events
- Developmental, Hearing, and Vision Screenings
- Resource and Referral Network
Currently, Parents as Teachers at the Children's Consortium is an Early Head Start (EHS) program. Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple:
- to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women,
- to enhance the development of very young children, and
- to promote healthy family functioning.