Parents as Teachers kick-off reception spurs ticket sales to Jubilee

Ret. U.S. Senator and former Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond (center) shares a moment with (from left) PAT staffer Kerry Caverly, board member Dr. Francis Rushton, staffer Alison Gee, and newly appointed board members Lori Connors Tadros and Sara Jane Blackmon at the 35th anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception.

Ret. U.S. Senator and former Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond (center) shares a moment with (from left) PAT staffer Kerry Caverly, board member Dr. Francis Rushton, staffer Alison Gee, and newly appointed board members Lori Connors Tadros and Sara Jane Blackmon at the 35th anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception.

Organization’s founder, local luminaries slated for lauding at annual conference

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Parents as Teachers program, a non-profit, internationally-recognized home-visiting parent education program.  

And at its 2019 International Conference here, the organization will host a Jubilee underneath the St. Louis Gateway Arch to recognize people who have work to ensure the well-being of children and families through their commitment to Parents as Teachers.

Parents as Teachers will host its annual conference from Oct. 14 – 17 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch hotel. To be honored as trailblazers at the Jubilee will be PAT Founder Mildred Winter, former U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO); Arthur Mallory, former Missouri Commissioner of Education; Carolyn Losos, Parent Educator; former U.S. Senator and Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R-Idaho); and Dr. William Mehojah, Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Indian Education Programs, a.k.a. the “Father of FACE” (Family And Child Education) program.

Parents as Teachers recently hosted a 35th Anniversary Jubilee Host Committee Kick-off Reception at the Sheraton Westport Chalet to jump-start Jubilee ticket sales. Constance Gully, Parents as Teachers president and CEO, along with Board Chair Patricia Kempthorne, welcomed a crowd of mostly Parents as Teachers board and committee members to the event.

"Tonight's gathering allows us to reflect on our legacy, and gives us a chance to re-energize you around our key mission… to ensure that all children will develop, learn and grow to realize their full potential," Gully told the crowd.

Kempthorne reiterated Gully’s sentiments and added: “We entered this anniversary year with a renewed commitment to community engagement and a pledge to recognize those persons and institutions that have aided in our success. We plan to formally acknowledge their contributions at our Jubilee.”

Each encouraged the crowd to help the organization sell tickets. To purchase tickets or tables of 10, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Bart Holland, at 314-432-4330.

For more information about the Parents as Teachers 2019 International Conference or to become an exhibitor, visit

Parents as Teachers receives the highest rating from Prevention Services Clearinghouse

WestEd Consumer Report gives PAT curriculum a ‘stellar review'

Parents as Teachers has received a “well-supported” rating from the Prevention Services Clearinghouse (PSC), and obtained a stellar review of its Foundational Curriculum: Prenatal to 3 in the WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies Consumer Report.

PSC was established by the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to review research on programs and services that support children and families and prevent foster care placements. It came into being as a result of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.

PSC evaluates and rates programs as “promising,” “supported,” and “well-supported.” The services offered by various programs include mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services, in-home skill-based parenting education, and kinship navigator services. According to PSC, Parents as Teachers was given the highest ranking of a well-supported practice because at least two studies with non-overlapping samples achieved a rating of moderate or high on design and execution, and demonstrated favorable effects in a target outcome domain.

WestEd is a San Francisco-based non-profit research and development agency whose consumer report is used by Early Head Start and Head Start grantees to inform their decisions when choosing a home-based curriculum to use in service delivery. The WestEd Curriculum Consumer Report provides reviews and ratings, based on criteria of effective, comprehensive curricula, for infant and toddler, preschool, and home-based curricula.

Head Start programs use the report to select high-quality, research-based curricula that meet or exceed the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).

Kerry Caverly, senior vice president and chief program officer at Parents as Teachers, said the PSC designation and the WestEd review are significant because they validate the effectiveness of the Parents as Teachers home visiting model and its evidence-informed and research-based curriculum.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by these reputable rating agencies,” said Caverly, who is responsible for both Expansion and Model Replication and Training, and Curriculum and Professional Development at Parents as Teachers. “Their acknowledgment speaks to our ability to equip our professional home visitors with information to identify and build on family strengths, capabilities, and skills, which translates into enhanced service delivery for the countless families we serve.”

The Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum: Prenatal to 3 promotes a reflective approach to support partnerships between home visitors and families, the parent-child relationship, and family well-being. Caverly said WestEd recognized Parents as Teachers has family-friendly activities and resources that engage parents in their children’s learning and development.

This year, Parents as Teachers is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Since 1984, Parents as Teachers has sought to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development, improve parenting practices, promote early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and enhance school readiness and success.

The Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model includes four core components: personal home visits, supportive group connection events, child health, and developmental screenings, and community resource networks. Parents as Teachers services are delivered to diverse families with diverse needs, and Parents as Teachers sites typically target families with specific risk factors.

Families can begin the program prenatally and continue until their children enter kindergarten. Services are offered on a biweekly or monthly basis, depending on a family’s needs. Sessions are typically held for one hour in the family's home, but can also be administered in schools, childcare centers, or other community spaces.

Roll & Read Part of Great Rivers Greenway Life Outside Festival, June 8 at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park


As part of our 35th Anniversary celebration, we are planning a fun Roll & Read event in conjunction with the Great Rivers Greenway Life Outside Festival on June 8, 2019 from 10am to 4pm.

This will be a really fun event lasting the entire time and we need some volunteers to make it a huge success.

We plan to give everyone an opportunity to stroll and read two books along a one-mile trail in the park. We have someone who has already generously volunteered to dress as a duck!

Parents as Teachers National Center and Great Rivers Greenway invite you to bring your friends, family and neighbors to the 4th Annual Life Outside Festival. The event will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10am to 4pm at Creve Couer Lake Memorial Park in Maryland Heights.

Parents as Teachers National Center and other partner organizations from across the region will let you see, try and learn about a variety of outdoor activities you can do in our region in a free, fun and supportive environment. Activities will include outdoor experiences related to active living, camping, cycling, mind and body, nature and conservation, paddling and running.

In between activities, you can purchase food and beverages from a variety of popular area food trucks and listen to one of 18 musical acts that will be performing throughout the day. Drinking water in reusable bottles and sunscreen will also be available for free.

To ensure greater access to the event, the Life Outside Festival will offer free round-trip shuttles from the North Hanley, Civic Center and Shrewsbury MetroLink Stations. You can also park and ride free shuttles from the Zumbehl Commuter Lot in St. Charles County (adjacent to the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Zumbehl Road) and Pattonville High School (2497 Creve Couer Mill Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043).

More information about the Life Outside Festival can be found at Hope to see you there!


Roll & Read logo

Saturday, June 8, 2019

10:00 AM  4:00 PM

Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park Sailboat Cove - 13725 Marine 63146 Maryland Heights, MO, 63043
United States 

For additional information, or to volunteer at the event, contact Bart Holland, Parents as Teachers National Center Director of Marketing Communications, and Events, at 314-432-4330 x 1258.


Parents as Teachers National Center Holds Second Annual Professional Women’s Engagement Café


Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) held its second annual Professional Women’s Engagement Café on Tuesday, May 14, in celebration of its 35th anniversary and as part of its Women’s Partnership Network, which was created to deepen the organization’s community engagement efforts.

Engagement Cafe logo

This year’s event was hosted by Build-A-Bear Founder and PATNC Board Member Maxine Clark, chair of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation. The Engagement Café is designed to have a positive impact on some of the area’s most vulnerable young women by exposing them to local professional women in a life sharing exercise in roundtable discussions.

“We created this network and subsequent event as an opportunity to have a positive effect on the lives of young mothers served by our organization, and to illustrate the collective impact Parents as Teachers and these accomplished women can have on enriching the lives of people living in underserved communities,” said Constance Gully, PATNC president and chief executive officer, who opened the event with a welcome.

Invited were 15 young mothers who receive PATNC services and professional women who embrace PATNC’s mission to strengthen families and ensure that their children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. The professional women included: Candice Carter-Oliver, Confluence Charter Schools; Raegan Johnson, Bayer; Rebecca Fritsch, Fifth Third Bank; Katie Knapp, Thompson Coburn; Linda Locke, Standing Partnership; Brittany “Tru” Kellman, Jamaa Birth Village; Cheryl Watkins-Moore, BioSTL; Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, University City School District; Mecca Baker, Novus; Cynthia Crim, Commerce Bank; Carol Daniel, KMOX-AM radio; and Pamela Blair, EyeSeeMe African American Children’s Bookstore.

At-Risk Children Show Improvement in Key Areas of Early Development

International study demonstrates effectiveness of Parents as Teachers home visiting model

A new international study, recently published findings in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, a peer-reviewed academic journal, revealed that children ages 0-3, in high risk families, benefitted greatly from Parents as Teachers evidence-based home visiting model, which helped improve their cognition, self-control, language skills and overall behavior.

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Allison Kemner, vice president of research and quality at Parents as Teachers National Center, said, “The new findings have real-world implications for struggling families because they show that the Parents as Teachers home visiting model is having a significant impact on children’s mental health in families at risk of poor outcomes.

“A child’s early language and cognition and the development of self-regulation are directly associated with later school performance and success,” Kemner said, adding, “Children in our programs wake up less during the night to bottle feed, sleep longer through the night, have better vocabulary and self-control, and they score higher on language and cognition tests.”

Researchers at the University Of Applied Sciences Of Special Needs Education in Zurich, Switzerland, conducted the Zurich Equity Prevention Project with Parents Participation and Integration (ZEPPELIN) study and found that:

Children in Parents as Teachers:

  • Demonstrated better adaptive behavior (lower rates of bottle feeding at night at 12, 24, and 36 months; and higher rates of sleeping at night during the same growth period).

  • Showed higher levels of self-control at 36 months.

  • Scored significantly higher on cognition and language development.

  • Demonstrated a higher vocabulary at 24 and 36 months.

Mothers in Parents as Teachers:

  • Showed increased parenting skills and displayed more sensitivity to their children.

  • Increased social integration and accessed libraries and community centers more often.

“Parents as Teachers is especially well-suited for providing effective and long-lasting developmental support to children in families experiencing social burdens,” said Dr. Andrea Lanfranchi, the psychologist who conducted the study.

ZEPPELIN is one of the largest longitudinal intervention studies of evidence-based home visiting in Europe with a randomized-controlled trial study design. Families participating in the study included those who had many stressful experiences that inhibit optimal health and family stability, including, babies who were born premature and children with moms with low educational attainment. Most families in the study were socially disadvantaged immigrant families. Researchers intend to continue this study to follow the children through kindergarten to look at long-term sustainable outcomes.

To learn more about research studies that show that Parents as Teachers improves school readiness, reduces child maltreatment, improves parenting skills and parent involvement and leads to improved children mental health and family well-being, click here.

Cheryle Dyle-Palmer, Parents as Teachers leader, passes


Cheryle F. Dyle-Palmer transitioned on Saturday, April 13. A proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she held multiple leadership roles at Parents as Teachers National Center, headquartered in St. Louis, and received a 2006 Stellar Performer in Education award from the St. Louis American Foundation.