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Strategic Framework Refreshed

Over the past year to reinforce the Parents as Teachers approach, the Parents as Teachers National Center revised the organization’s Strategic Framework as a guide to its work in the coming years. The revisions include the support Parents as Teachers provides to its network of affiliates, curriculum partners, subscribers, and early childhood professionals – both nationally and internationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced Parents as Teachers, as well as the organizations and professionals it supports, and services that are delivered to families.

As the world enters a new state of normal, the purpose of this three-year strategic framework is to stabilize and further support the home visiting workforce, reach families that may have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and establish virtual home visiting within the portfolio of services families may receive – depending on their interest and circumstances.

Jointly, the Parents as Teachers mission, vision, and organizational values provide guiding principles for the Strategic Framework, that keep the organization focused on priorities. Annual work plans with associated budgets are developed from this framework  providing regular accountability for results.

Below are the four impact areas Parents as Teachers is working toward:

  • Ensure family support and early childhood home visiting are widespread and highly valued.
  • Uphold parents/caregivers as their child’s first and most influential teacher.
  • Support positive child health and developmental outcomes.
  • Contribute to building communities that are healthy and equitable.


Together, they form a comprehensive set of services with seven goals/outcomes:

  1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve positive parenting practices
  2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and connection to services
  3. Improve parent, child and family health and well-being
  4. Prevent child abuse and neglect
  5. Increase children’s school readiness and success
  6. Improve family economic well-being
  7. Strengthen community capacity and connectedness

Annual reach data points

Parents as Teachers National Center provides support to a network of professionals supporting pregnant and parenting families with children birth through kindergarten. There are four types of organizations and professionals the organization supports.

Parents as Teachers Affiliates are organizations whose home visiting program is designed to implement the Parents as Teachers model. The Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model is backed by more than 38 years of independent research with proven outcomes.

Parents as Teachers Curriculum Partners are organizations or programs that need to show fidelity to a curriculum. These organizations have individuals trained to utilize the Parents as Teachers curricula.

Curriculum Subscribers are professionals that are trained to use the Parents as Teachers curricula and within their own work with families and children.

Early Childhood Professionals Support Services are provided by parent or family serving professionals. Parents as Teachers is committed to sharing its knowledge and expertise with others.

Below represents data from our annual reach across these professionals. We don’t have data on our early childhood professional services.

Provide early detection of developmental delays and connection to services