MO Invoice and High Needs

There have been several questions regarding High Needs Characteristics and the MO Invoice for programs in the state of Missouri.

To clarify, there are some differences in the High Needs definitions for PAT and DESE. DESE will count any family with one or more stress as a high needs family. PAT will count families with 2 or more as high needs. Also, DESE will count Single Parent and ESL as high needs characteristics and PAT does not. This is why these 2 characteristics are not listed in the top box under Family Experiences”, but they under the “Other Family Characteristics”.

These high needs characteristics will count towards high needs on your MO Invoice report. When you run the MO Invoice report, you will see that ESL and Single Parent are listed in the high needs sections and will count towards high needs.

On the Family Demographic Data page, the “stressors” at the listed at the top will reflect the number of DESE high needs.

The MO Invoice is the only place where these are counted towards high needs. Every other report you run in Visit Tracker will show your high needs families based on PAT definitions.

Hopefully, this will provide some clarification, but if you have any additional questions, please let us know!

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.

To read the full article, click here.

Blank Forms needed for PAT QEIP

For those programs that are going through the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process (QEIP) for PAT, you may be asked to provide examples of blank forms you are using to collect data.  To support you through the process, we have those forms ready for you to print.

Visit our Support page to view and print the blank documents for your QEIP review here.

For more information regarding quality endorsement, you can visit the PAT website.

If there are any additional documents you need, please let us know!  You can email help@data-keeper.com for those requests.

 

 

Reports related to High Needs have been updated!

Here are the reports that have been updated to calculate based on the start and end dates for Family Strengths and Stressors.

FAMILY STRENGTHS AND STRESSORS

  • Located in the General Reports column.
  • This report replaces the High Needs report.
  • Stressors are counted based on the start date of the report (existing families) or on the enroll date (new families). This follows the same logic as the 18-19 APR

VISIT FREQUENCY

  • The report calculations have been updated to count the actual # of Stressors each month to determine overall visit frequency expectations
  • Details have been added to the report to help you understand how this report works
  • The report columns have changed to give you each piece of data used to determine whether the benchmark is being met.

APR

  • Sections related to Family Stressors and Visit Frequency have been updated
  • Section II #3 a-p – aligns with Family Strengths and Stressors report
  • Section II #4 – aligns with Family Strengths and Stressors report
  • Section IV #1-2 – aligns with Family Strengths and Stressors and Visit Frequency reports

PMR

  • Freq 1 and Freq 2 have been updated

MO Invoice

  • This report was updated to consider the start and end dates for Family Stressors and Additional Characteristics
  • Any Family Stressor or Additional Characteristic that has an end date before the reporting period will not be counted in the MO Invoice
  • Families may go from “low” to “high” needs in the reporting period, but never from “high” to “low”.

And finally….we updated the Demographics page.

EXPANDABLE AND COLLAPSIBLE

  • Due to the length of each section, we now have Stressors, Characteristics and MIECHV Priority Population as expandable and collapsible sections.
  • Open each section, update, save and collapse

DEFINITIONS ADDED TO FAMILY EXPERIENCES

  • Click on “definitions” to see each Stressors definition as defined by PAT National

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.

Read the full article

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.

 

To read the full article, click here.

Engaging with the local community’s youngest members

Projects Update 8/9/2018

Here’s an update on the latest happenings and what to look forward to.

SUGGESTIONS FROM THE FIELD 

Requests that have come in through the Help Desk, email or phone calls. Keep submitting your suggestions. We’re listening. submit suggestion

  • Email verifications – We added the ability to turn on/off email verifications when enrolling a new guardian. This feature is in Preferences under Guardian Fields to Display
  • Assessments list – Also in Preferences, you can now decide which assessments to be displayed. No more long list!

PROJECTS IN TEST (SOON TO BE RELEASED)


RIGHT FROM THE START (RFTS)

  • A new program model in West Virginia has joined the Visit Tracker family. We are currently adding the RFTS Client Tracking Sheet.

REPORT UPGRADES – The following reports are being upgraded and we’re adding the CSV format so you can also open in Excel

  • Service Counts
  • Personal Visit Record Report
  • Visit Frequency
  • Exit Summary

 


PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT


PLANNING GUIDE & PVR SYNC (PAT)

  • We’re updating the information that will transfer from the Planning Guide to the Personal Visit Record

PAT PVR UPDATES

  • The PAT PVR is being reordered to match the PAT Personal Visit Record
  • Additional style and feature improvements are being made as well

HFA CHEERS CHECK-IN TOOL

  • A new assessment is being added to the list directly related to HFA programs.
  • With this project, we’ll be improving the Next Due Date functionality for all assessments and allowing you to easily have a Reminder added based on the Next Due Date.

REMINDERS ON THE CALENDAR – IMPROVEMENT

  • It was brought to our attention that with Reminders showing up on the calendar, it can get a little overwhelming for Admins seeing all Reminders set by home visitors. Glad to hear that the new feature is being used. We’re adding some improvements to better control this.

“ON DECK”


These projects are ready and waiting to get started.

  • HFA Reports – We’ll be adding a new HFA report reporting model and benchmark performance measures

IN DESIGN


  • HIPPY – We’re working on Program Funding and Additional Staff inputs to allow HIPPY programs the ability to enter all required data for the quarterly report.