PARENTS AS TEACHERS
You are your child's best first teacher.
607 South Third Street, Odessa, Missouri 64076
(Our facility is located in McQuerry Elementary, room 37A)
Odessa R-VII Parent Educator:
What is Parents as Teachers?:
Being a parent is hard work.
In the first few years, your child will learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life. You help shape your child's future through the kinds of experiences you provide. Your baby was born to learn, and as a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher.
Parents as Teachers is here to help you!
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.
Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child's language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.
As a PAT family, you receive:
- Personal visits -- during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
- Parent group meetings -- which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
- Screenings -- to assess your child's overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
- Resource network-- that links your family to other community services.
To enroll in the Odessa R-VII Parents As Teachers, call 816-633-3298 or e-mail a Parent Educator today.
All new families will receive a free gift at their first home visit!