Parents as Teachers

  • Parent Visit

    Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program offered at no charge for Parkway residents. Parents as Teachers promotes optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. It is designed to help you as a parent help your child learn, grow and develop to realize his/her full potential. Our program is comprised of four components:  

    1. PERSONAL FAMILY VISITS - A certified parent educator will bring an age-appropriate activity for you and your child to play together. You will partner with your Parent Educator in observing your child’s play and development.  Book sharing and supporting early literacy are an important component of the personal visit.
    2. GROUP CONNECTIONS - We offer Family Activity sessions and Just For Parents sessions at no charge. Upcoming sessions are listed below.
    3. DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS - Screening provides an opportunity for you to see how your child is developing and meeting developmental milestones. Resources are available if a delay is identified. We offer screenings for all children 6 months to 36 months during a personal visit, that includes development, health, hearing and vision. For children ages 3-5, a play-based screening is offered at the Early Childhood Center. 
    4. RESOURCE NETWORK - We offer a Parent Book Lending library and a Toy Lending Library available for checkout at the Early Childhood Center.  Resources in the community are available for supporting and enriching families.

    *To enroll in Parents as Teachers call (314) 415-6973 or start the process to enroll online.   A representative will call you to complete enrollment.

     A Parkway Parent Educator is….

    • a Parkway School District employee
    • degreed in early childhood education, social work, family development or related field
    • a professional certified from the National Parents as Teachers Center 
    • a partner who will support your child’s healthy growth and development and parenting practices



    Every Child Ready to Read

    Monday, December 2, 2019

    9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Becoming a great reader begins at birth. St. Louis County Library helps parents instill good reading skills and a love of reading in their children, no matter how young. Join us for stories, songs and play time to help develop early literacy skills. Click here for registration.

    Panda Playtime

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    9:30 am - 11 am

    Panda Playtime is for you and your child(ren) ages birth-36 months. This is a great time for your child to learn and develop social skills while playing with others. We will set up the fun and the children can decide how to play. Stay for as long as you choose. For safety concerns, enrollment is limited.  Birth-36 months.  Click here for registration.

    Come Play With Me!

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    9:30 am - 11:00 am

    Come to the Early Childhood Center and experience art, sensory, music, movement, motor and MORE! Children learn through play, especially while interacting with their loved ones.  This session is for children Birth - 24 months.  Click here for registration.

    Dive Into STEM

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Children are naturally curious!Dive Into STEM (Science Engineering Technology Math) provides fun opportunities to nurture your child's sense of wonder and curiosity. Ou and your child can investigate, explore, problem solve, create & experiment as you build with blocks, explore with ramps, create sculptures, use tools to measure and more fun activities.Birth - 5 years old.  Click here for registration.

    New Parents Meet, Share and Play

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    9:30 am - 11:00 am

    This special time is designed to support parents, provide knowledge sharing and social interaction for new parents and baby! Lead by a Parkway Parents as Teachers Parent Educator. For safety reasons, this session is limited to parents and babies 0-12 months only. Click here for registration.

    Every Child Ready to Read

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    9:30 - 10:30 am

    Becoming a great reader begins at birth. St. Louis County Library helps parents instill good reading skills and a love of reading in their children, no matter how young.  Join us for stories, songs and play-time to help develop early literacy skills. Birth - 36 months.  Click here for registration.

    The People in My Neighborhood

    Saturday, May 2, 2020

    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Explore real vehicles! ● Firetruck, police car, mail truck, etc. ● Take a school bus ride. ● Enjoy transportation related activities and games. ● Rain or Shine!  Click here for registration.




     Behavior Boot Camp

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Presented by Parkway Early Childhood Center Counselors.  Click here to register.

    Preschool on Parade

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    6:30 - 8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Are you considering a Parkway Preschool program? This session gives an overview of the Parkway full-day and half-day preschool programs. Preschool philosophy and curriculum is shared. Learn how the Parkway Preschool program provides a connection between Parents As Teachers and Parkway Kindergarten. See the Preschool page of this site for registration information.  Click here to register.

    Wonderful World of Kindergarten

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Many parents are curious about Kindergarten long before the big day arrives. Learn more about Parkway Kindergarten and what is really expected of children who are entering kindergarten. We discuss what happens during a typical kindergarten day and ways you can prepare your child for this next step.  Click here for registration.

    Playful Parenting

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    6:30-8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Are you continually on the go? Do you want to find quick, easy and playful ways to be more connected to your child?  Would you like to be more playful? Come learn simple, fun ways to increase attachment and attunement to your child while playing and having fun together! Click here for registration.

    Sleepless in St. Louis

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    6:30 - 8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Having small children is exhausting. From sleepless nights with your newborn to bedtime battles with your two-year-old, you may begin to wonder if it will ever end. It can be overwhelming and frustrating, to say the least. We know that healthy sleep is essential to the growth and development of small children and is vital to their overall well-being. Unfortunately babies are not born with the skills they need to develop healthy sleep patterns—it is our job to teach them. Come learn about the key components of establishing healthy sleep habits for your infants, toddlers and young children! Kelly Weygandt, RN, CSC Clayton Babies Sleep Consulting is a Certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant.  Click here for registration.

    Low Tech Parenting in a High Tech World

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    6:30 - 8:00 pm - ADULTS ONLY

    Technology is part of everyone’s lives, even our youngest learners. As parents, we struggle to keep up with the latest information about the best practices for our children. Join us as we examine the impact early tech use has on development and how you can parent to prepare your child for today’s world.

    This presentation includes what is known about early learning and how technology can be used in healthy and effective ways within your family. We hope you leave with a healthy media plan for your family and some ideas of what to look for in educational technology.  Click here for registration.



  •  Registration is required for all activities


     Please mark your calendars!    All events are staffed according to registration.

     Sessions are held at the Early Childhood Center

    14605 Clayton Road

    Ballwin, MO  63011