Parents as Teachers Going Strong After 35 years

One of the pilot programs of Parents as Teachers was created in Hollister, Missouri nearly 35 years ago, and is still incredibly impactful today. Despite some budget cuts in 2008, Missouri pushed hard to keep the program functioning and providing support to families from pregnancy and through the first five years of the child’s life, working especially on help with literacy and early childhood nutrition and development. The program has seen significant growth, especially in the last ten years, and the hope is that there will be an arm of Parents as Teachers in every public school district in Missouri.

To read the full article, including testimony from those impacted by the program, click here.

Direct link: http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news_free/article_cd46a8ec-07b9-11e9-a701-a7cf1012bbe0.html

Parents as Teachers Sponsors Intergenerational Playgroup in Kansas

Parents as Teachers as an organization is primarily oriented towards helping at-risk families with pre-school age children (0-5 years old), especially with concerns of physical health, literacy, and school readiness. However, in Kansas, the organization has partnered with Wichita Presbyterian Manor, a home for the elderly, to sponsor once a month playgroups for children and seniors who struggle with dementia. Both children and seniors alike benefit from the playgroup, each able to learn something from the other during their literary-based social interactions.

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Healthy Families America Cuts Need for Foster Care in Half

Healthy Families New York has 38 different programs state-wide geared towards helping new at-risk mothers. Sate officials credit these programs as the primary reason why newborn removal to foster care has plummeted in New York, even while those statistics are on the rise in other states. The New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), along with Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), and other voluntary programs have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into issues facing at-risk communities with infants and young children, such as infant safety at home, childhood literacy, family health, and more. These programs have provided aid very successfully to these communities over the past several years, and are hoping to expand even further in the coming years.

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Intake innovation increases efficiency for HFA

The faster people are able to receive help, and the shorter their wait time, the easier it is for them to get better. This statement is something that the directors of operation at Healthy Families America have taken to heart, and they have made HFA one of 6 members of the National Evidence-Based Home Visiting Model Alliance (NHVMA). This is a revolutionary change that makes their services accessible to more people faster than ever before, because they now utilize what is called a “c-intake” model. The c-intake model allows for either centralized intake, coordinated entry point for new users, and collaborative intake systems. All of these different intakes make the services provided more accessible to those who need them, and is a positive step towards providing home visitation to all those who need it.

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Or copy/paste – https://whyy.org/articles/this-innovative-intake-system-model-aims-to-shorten-wait-times-for-social-services/

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Arkansas Department of Health – Expanding Home Visiting

The Arkansas Department of Health recently received nearly 8 million dollars in federal funding to support home visitation, early childhood health and education programs state-wide, which can make a big difference for both parents and children. The Department of Health is implementing the Nurse-Family program across the state as well as partnering with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to carry out four other programs, including Healthy Families America, HIPPY, and Parents as Teachers. Last year, Arkansas’s MIECHV programs helped thousands of families, and with increased funding this year they hope to do even more.

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direct link: http://www.boonevilledemocrat.com/news/20181023/adh-gets-778-million-for-in-home-child-health-program/1

Wisconsin is expanding home visiting

The US department of Health and Human Services awarded the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation program over 9 million dollars in Wisconsin. This award shows a more than 8.5 million dollar increase from the award from the previous fiscal year, which means there will be massive expansion of home visitation across Wisconsin in the coming year. These home visitation services will be made available to pregnant mothers and to families with young children up until their entry into kindergarten in order to give them the resources necessary to thrive.

To read the full article, click here.

PAT partners with Carthage Family Literacy Council

Parents as Teachers co-hosted a reading event with the Carthage Family Literacy Council in Missouri that made the news cycle. The event was hosted in order to promote early childhood education and developing reading skills of pre-school age children. The Carthage Family Literacy Council’s mission is “to promote early reading to babies (starting at birth) and continuing throughout the early childhood years” and at the end of the event, each child got to choose a book to take home.

To read the full article or see the news clip, click here:

  • direct link – https://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/parents-as-teachers-hosts-read-in-with-carthage-family-literacy-council/1475420931

To learn more about the Carthage Family Literacy Council, click here:

  • direct link – https://www.facebook.com/CarthageFamilyLiteracyCouncil/

 

Parents as Teachers partners with WashU to combat obesity

Washington University in St. Louis received a 3.3 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health, and has elected to partner with Parents as Teachers in an ongoing effort to slim down the national epidemic of obesity. The grant money will fund research at 24 home-visitation sites nationwide, and will help improve the health and school-readiness of families and children. This partnership seeks to work primarily with young mothers, ages 19 to 35, and promises to research new ways to end weight gain and chronic disease post pregnancy, especially in low-income high-risk communities.

To read the full article about WashU’s partnership with Parents as Teachers, click here.

https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/09/05/wash-u-parents-as-teachers-to-tackle-obesity-with.html

 

Parents As Teachers receives grant from Ballmer Group

The national organization, Parents as Teachers (PAT), recently received a multi-million dollar grant that will help support the education of at-risk children and families across the country. The grant is awarded by Ballmer Group, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving economic mobility and education of communities and children that struggle socioeconomically. With this grant, PAT promises to hire additional staff and continue to support its more than 1,300 partner organizations that help provide home visitation to more than 193,000 families annually.

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Learn more about Ballmer Group and their philanthropic work. www.ballmergroup.org

PAT and FIU unite to create a truly engaging community experience

In an effort to further engage it’s diverse community, Florida International University (FIU) has partnered with Parents as Teachers, as well as another organization called the Positive Parenting Program in order to provide much-needed support to the Miami-Dade community. Not only does this collaborative effort allow FIU to provide home visits geared towards early education, but with the involvement of PPP as well as PAT, it also teaches new parents about nutrition and physical education for their children. Over the last several years, support has flooded in for this collaborative effort, and more than 95% of participants in the community have successfully completed the 3-year program.

 

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Engaging with the local community’s youngest members