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Statewide Parents as Teachers Evaluation in Colorado

Parent Possible, the Colorado State Office for Parents as Teachers, conducts an annual evaluation of the Parents as Teachers programs in their state. Evaluation tools include a parent survey, an assessment of parent-child interactions, and a child assessment of school readiness. Results from the evaluation showed significant improvements in a number of areas for families who participated in Parents as Teachers:

  • Parents reported strong protective factors and demonstrated significant increases in social support and concrete supports in time of need.

  • Parents as Teachers increased parents’ knowledge of parenting practices and child development.

  • Parents reported increases in frequency of reading with their children and engaging in other behaviors to promote child literacy.

  • The majority of parents were consistently utilizing developmentally appropriate behaviors with their children at both pre- and post-assessment.

  • Children demonstrated significant growth on school readiness percentile ranks and on percent mastery of all five subtests.