FHSD Celebrates National Parents as Teacher Day Nov. 8

Posted on 11/07/2018
Members of Parents as Teachers program

FHSD joins Missouri school districts and programs across the country to celebrate National Parents as Teachers (PAT) Day on Nov. 8, 2018. The date is observed annually on founder Mildred Winter’s birthday. This year, she is 98 years young!

PAT is a free and voluntary program, which focuses on supporting a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy child development. “We know that parents are the child’s first and most important teacher. When a parent is involved in their child’s learning, the child achieves greater academic success,” said FHSD Administrator of Tuition Based Programs and PAT, Susan Lane. Using a research-based curriculum that has a rich language and literacy focus, Parents as Teachers provides families with developmental and parenting information to assist them in assuring their child has the foundational skills needed for future success in school.”

PAT visits a familyPersonalized home visits with a trained PAT Parent Educator provides families with information on their child’s development and teaches parents to encourage their child’s learning. The Parent Educators conduct regular screenings of children’s development, health, hearing and vision, and when necessary provide referrals to community resources. In addition to home visits, PAT Parent Educators also provide families with opportunities to network within group settings. Through regular group connection meetings, families are engaged in activities that promote positive parenting and enhance parents’ ability to be their child’s first teacher.

FHSD was one of four school districts to pilot PAT programming in 1981. The concept for the program developed when Mildred, then a kindergarten teacher, noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. She recognized that children whose parents provided learning experiences at home were much better prepared for school than their counterparts who did not have the same experiences. This gap motivated Mildred to begin Parents as Teachers in order to teach parents how to best support their child’s learning beginning at birth. By 1985, PAT was mandated across Missouri. The program is now in 50 states and seven other countries. Today, FHSD supports almost 3,000 families through home visits, group connections, and/or developmental screenings.

To enroll, completed the online Parents as Teachers Enrollment form on the District website.

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