Parents as Teachers
Parkway Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program offered at no charge for Parkway residents serving families prenatally to Kindergarten entry. The program is designed to provide families with child development & parenting information and to support parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
PAT is designed to offer regularly scheduled family personal visits, annual developmental screenings, group connections and access to a network of resources. These components are integral in supporting and preparing children & families for school readiness. The Parkway Parents as Teachers program provides opportunities to assist families with a smooth transition into preschool and kindergarten.
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 important components of the personal visit.
GROUP CONNECTIONS - We offer Family Activity sessions and Just For Parents sessions at no charge. Upcoming sessions are listed below.
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.
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 the Parents as Teachers program, call (314) 415-6973 or click here to 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 a related field
- a professional certified by the National Parents as Teachers Center
- a partner who will support your child’s healthy growth and development and parenting practices