Outcomes Field Test


Increasingly, national, state, and local stakeholders and decision-makers want to know more about the impact of home visiting on families and children. For the 2016-2017 Program Year, Parents as Teachers launched an Outcomes Field Test with interested affiliates to test out a process for collecting and reporting outcomes data.

Sixty affiliates from 26 states volunteered to participate in the field test. Participants are all measuring Parenting Skills, Practices, or Capacities outcomes using a reliable and valid outcomes tool. They are also measuring at least one additional outcome related to child or family health/well-being or child development. The most commonly selected outcomes include well child visits and depression. In January, participating affiliates completed a Mid-Point Check-In Survey on their experiences with the field test so far, their selected tools, and additional outcomes supports that would be beneficial. Of those who completed the survey, many of the participating affiliates (over half) were already collecting these outcomes prior to the Field Test for a funder or as part of their regular documentation process.

Parents as Teachers is committed to data-driven practice and to reinforcing its use throughout our network of country/state offices and local affiliates. If you would like to learn more about the Outcomes Field Test or if you have any questions about outcomes measurement or tools, please reach out to us at Outcomes@ParentsasTeachers.org. 

Constance Gully Selected to Serve as President & CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center

St. Louis, MO, February 27, 2017– After a rigorous national search conducted by a highly regarded national executive search firm, the board of Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) voted on Friday to promote Constance Gully, MBA, to the position of President and CEO, effective immediately.  Ms. Gully, Chief Financial Officer, has been serving as Interim CEO since August 2016.

“Our Board committee took great care to thoroughly vet several well-qualified candidates for this position,” stated Patricia Kempthorne, Founder and CEO of the Twiga Foundation, PATNC Board Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Board CEO search committee.  “What became abundantly clear to the committee was that our very best candidate was right in front of us: Constance Gully.”

“Patricia and I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Constance in this interim period and getting to watch her in action.  The decision on Friday was unanimous,” said Thomas C. Melzer, Co-founder and Managing Director of RiverVest Venture Partners and Chair of the PATNC Board. “Constance has been an active and effective interim CEO and has earned the trust and respect of our national partners and stakeholders. Constance also made her mark in recent months by leading the successful PAT International 2016 Conference, held in St. Louis with over 1100 attendees and significant newly established sponsorships.  She also led the effort to garner financial support from a broader base of the organization’s key stakeholders.  

“Constance has an exciting vision of the significant opportunities available to Parents as Teachers,” Melzer continued.  “With a strong and cohesive senior team, and a national staff that is clearly flourishing under her leadership, we look forward to a bright future for the families and children we serve.”

“I am honored and excited to have been given this opportunity to lead an organization of which I am so proud, and with such a talented and experienced staff that supports so many families and young children across the country and the world,” noted Ms. Gully. “My family has benefitted from the services of Parents as Teachers and I look forward to building on the hard work and success of our previous chief executives, including our founder Mildred Winter.”

Ms. Gully is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with professional memberships in the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. Prior to joining Parents as Teachers in 2014, she served as Executive Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black public university located in mid-town St. Louis and in a dual role as the Interim President for eleven months. She led the Campus Expansion Committee that oversaw the planning, design and construction of more than $50 million of development on the campus. Under Constance’s sixteen years of leadership, Harris-Stowe maintained a stellar financial operation in a climate of declining state funding, including clean external financial audits for each of those years.

Ms. Gully practiced public accounting for more than a decade before working in the higher education and nonprofit arenas. She was responsible for planning, performing and managing external and internal audits for government and nonprofit entities. She also served as managing or senior consultant for various management reviews and operational assessments of administrative and financial operations, including assisting in the implementation of redesigned processes.

Ms. Gully serves in two gubernatorial appointed positions as a member and Chair Emeritus of the Dr. Martin Luther King State Celebration Commission for the state of Missouri and Vice Chair of the Bi-State Development Agency Board of Commissioners.  In addition, Constance is a member of the Missouri History Museum Sub-District Board and serves as Treasurer of the La Salle Middle Charter School Board in St. Louis. She is the wife of André Gully and proud mother of Nicholas Bowman (her Alum PAT baby).

Constance Gully speaks at Washington, D.C. Board Reception.

Board Chair Thomas Melzer speaks at Washington, D.C. Board Reception.

Board Vice-Chair Patricia Kempthorne, General George Casey, Julie Palmer-Blackwell, Sheila Casey and Dirk Kempthorne at the Washington, D.C. Board Reception.

Parents as Teachers Proud to Host First Book and KPMG

Parents as Teachers National Center was proud to host First Book and KPMG as they distributed 10,000 books to educators from across the St. Louis area. Nearly 100 teachers from multiple school districts came to the national center to choose from more than two dozen titles. They also learned more about Parents as Teachers and the programs and services offered throughout the region and across the country.

The book distribution was part of KPMG’s nationwide “Read to Succeed” initiative, in which volunteers will get more than 150,000 new books into the hands of children who need them most. The books were provided by First Book, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide disadvantaged children with new books.

Debbie Ozanus, National KFFL Co-Chair, Karen Vangyia, KPMG Office Managing Partner, Constance Gully, President and CEO, Parents as Teachers, and a teacher and student pause for a photo op with Kiffle, the KFFL Mascot

Debbie Ozanus, National KFFL Co-Chair, Karen Vangyia, KPMG Office Managing Partner, Constance Gully, President and CEO, Parents as Teachers, and a teacher and student pause for a photo op with Kiffle, the KFFL Mascot

American Academy of Pediatrics Members Select Dr. Colleen A. Kraft as New President-Elect

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Parents as Teachers Board member Colleen Kraft has been named President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Kraft will officially become President-elect on January 1, 2017, and will take over as AAP president on January 1, 2018. You can read more about her election here.

Dr. Kraft has a long history of being a champion for children and families. In 1965, she was a member of the inaugural Head Start class. It was only a summer program, but one of the teachers told her she was so smart, she might even become a doctor someday. Those words later became reality, and her impressive medical career has included being a primary care provider, managing a practice, creating a residency program and working at an academic center focusing on health care finance.