Parents as Teachers® National Center, headquarters of the evidence-based home visiting model, has announced a gift of $100,000 from BJC HealthCare to establish the Susan and Steven Lipstein Show Me Strong Families Fund. The gift was announced in December at BJC HealthCare’s Annual Meeting.
BJC HealthCare made the gift to Parents as Teachers on behalf of Susan and Steven Lipstein to honor Mr. Lipstein’s retirement as Chief Executive Officer of BJC HealthCare and to honor Mrs. Lipstein’s service as a certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educator in the Clayton School District. The gift will establish a fund in perpetuity to improve the health, academic achievement, and overall well-being of children in St. Louis, whose lives are impacted by economic uncertainty and other stressors.
“We’re honored to continuously partner with BJC HealthCare and Susan and Steven Lipstein. We deeply appreciate the commitment of BJC HealthCare to help families thrive,” said Constance Gully, president and CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center.
The Parents as Teachers program is particularly dear to both Steven and Susan. “Home visiting has equipped so many families with critical resources that have allowed them to be successful parents,” Steven Lipstein said. “Susan and I have always believed that when we support parents, they are better able to raise healthy children who are ready and prepared to learn.”
“This investment in Parents as Teachers will establish a fund to further support the Show Me Strong Families PAT affliate that is already transforming the lives of families in some of St. Louis’ most economically distressed neighborhoods,” said June McAllister Fowler, Senior Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs at BJC HealthCare.
Each year, Show Me Strong Families:
- Reaches 225 families with monthly home visits, including 150 teen parent families;
- Screens 600 children for health and developmental delays so that they can be connected early with vital support services in the community; and
- Engages 240 parents in “group connections” – organized sessions where parents come together to learn about child well-being and form a peer support network.
Numerous research studies show that the Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model improves school readiness, reduces child maltreatment, and enhances parenting skills and parent involvement that leads to better family health and functioning.
“I feel so fortunate to be part of a cause that is proven by research to increase outcomes for families,” Susan Lipstein said. “I’ve seen Parents as Teachers work firsthand. There are few programs that have such an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of children.
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