The USD 457 Parents as Teachers program has earned the Blue Ribbon Affiliate endorsement, which is highest designation a program can earn. The program has been designated a Blue Ribbon Affiliate by the Parents as Teachers National Center. The designation means that the program implements the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.
The Parents as Teachers affiliate model includes home visits, group connections, child screenings and connections to community resources. It helps equip parents with the knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a strong start in life and greater success in school.
Parents as Teachers affiliates are required to engage in a quality endorsement and improvement process in their fourth year of implementation and every five years thereafter, according to parentsasteachers.org. To earn the quality endorsement, affiliates must complete a comprehensive self-study and review process that demonstrates they are meeting or exceeding Parents as Teachers essential requirements, along with at least 75 of the 100 quality standards.
Parents as Teachers is located at Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 W. Walnut Street. For more information about the program, contact Dani Becker at 620-805-7506. Also like and follow their Facebook page at USD 457 Parents as Teachers.