Parents as Teachers Parent Educator Receives the Jean and Mary Roy Scholarship

Noelia Alvarez chosen for the 2017 Jean and Mary Roy Scholarship

Noelia Alvarez, Parent Educator for the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was chosen to receive the Jean and Mary Roy Scholarship November 2017. This scholarship provides conference registration and travel expenses to the Parents as Teachers annual international conference for a parent educator from Oklahoma. The scholarship is provided by Steve Roy and Angela Rau, in memory of their parents Jean and Mary Roy, who were both active community advocates.

The annual conference gives attendees the opportunity to spend time with other parent educators, home visitors, community advocates and early childhood educators. They learn from various workshops, keynote speakers and one another, and can return home and use that new knowledge and inspiration to keep their Parents as Teachers programs going strong in their communities.

“She is a dedicated servant helping more than 20 families a month,” states Steven Roy of Alvarez. “We are proud to help her with her desire to participate in the Parents as Teachers national conference.”

The OKC Latino Agency Parents as Teachers group currently serves 103 families and has a waiting list of over 20 families. Funding cuts by the State of Oklahoma have forced them to downsize their participation rate. Roy also stated, “We hope to do more for their efforts in the future. We will challenge local, state and national companies to help agencies like this one who are providing successful and impactful programs, by supporting the Parents as Teachers National program.”

The theme of the conference was Making Connections Matter. “Connections started as soon as you entered the conference,” states Alvarez. Workshops attended focused on ways to partner with parents and also with the resources in their community.

Latino Community Development Agency was established in 1991 as a program of Neighborhood Services Organization. The LCDA came from a proposal of the Neighborhood Services Organization and the Community Council of Central Oklahoma’s joint proposal to the United Way. It was meant to address the needs of the Latino community in Oklahoma County. Future goals include expanding their signature services to clients based in all areas of the city as well as the state. A diversified board of directors oversees the agency operations and several committees assist in the areas of education, economic development, health, mental health and substance abuse prevention, along with communications, development and personnel.

Noelia Alvarez in front of Philadelphia City Hall

Noelia Alvarez in front of Philadelphia City Hall

Poster Session at Conference 2017

Poster Session at Conference 2017

Closing General Session Luncheon

Closing General Session Luncheon

BJC HealthCare donates $100K to Parents as Teachers

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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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The First, and Most Important, Classroom is the Kitchen Table

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We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Early Education campaign where we united with likeminded industry leaders to highlight the new tools and technologies that are helping children stay ahead of the learning curve while emphasizing how important the pre-K years are to children’s continued success. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on December 22nd, 2017 and is published online. Click here for the Parents as Teachers article.

For the full campaign, visit: http://bit.ly/22yt8RC

First Book and Parents as Teachers 2017 Book Drive

For everyone who participated in our Buy and Book, Donate a Book program: WE THANK YOU! Many of you either donated a book or made a monetary donation to the 2017 Parents as Teachers Conference book drive this year through our partnership with First Book. We are thrilled to announce that you helped us raise $2100 through your generosity! The money raised will be used to buy books for children who need them through the Parents as Teachers programs in our host states for this year’s conference: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Thank you again!

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PAT Announces Conference 2018 Will Be In Phoenix, AZ

HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? 

Now is the time to SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Parents as Teachers International Conference, which will be held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will be held October 8-11, 2018. We are adding an extra day to bring you even more Pre-Conference sessions and workshops. Watch for more details to come. Call for proposals and registration will open in early January.

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Congratulations to This Year’s Losos Prize Winners for Excellence and Innovation.

LOSOS PRIZES

LOSOS PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE

ARIZONA CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION

Our affiliate implements home visits that are inclusive of literacy, developmental, sensory, and health screenings, and provide rich resource linkages conducted by certified Parent Educators, that occur bi-weekly or more often as necessary, to engage parents and families. Each home visit is enhanced with a “Brain Nugget” which is a small gift of valuable information that summarizes research on early brain development that ultimately enriches family literacy. Families are also invited to attend one or more Group Connections per month in various locations in each of our counties. Our families receive seamless integration of services throughout Arizona’s Children Association, inclusive of the S.E.N.S.E. programs as initiated through DCS Prevention and implemented with fidelity to the model.

Our agency has a unique and enhanced capacity to implement our program to parents.  Our PAT programs encompass four counties in Arizona, Mohave, LaPaz, Yavapai, and Pinal; proudly providing successful home visitation services for over 17 years.  AzCA is the oldest and largest not-for-profit child welfare and behavioral health agency in Arizona. For over 100 years, our agency has stayed true to its mission of “Protecting Children, Empowering Youth and Strengthening Families,” serving more than 46,000 children, individuals and families in every county in the state each year.  With nearly 40 programs across the state, we are a “one stop shop” for families, providing seamless integration of programs. We are a proven invaluable resource to children who are vulnerable and parents who want to learn.

 

LOSOS PRIZE FOR INNOVATION

IMPRINTS CARES
FORSYTH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

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Our PAT affiliate is hosted by Imprints Cares, a non-profit operating in Forsyth County, NC for more than 40 years. We have a vision to unlock the full potential of children and their families for success in school and in life, and a mission to enrich children’s development while supporting their families on the journey of parenthood. We do this with a variety of programs that impact children and families in our community. Our Ready for School program offers a PAT program to model fidelity, and has created a pediatric partnership which offers less intensive services as well. Our Expanded Learning program offers before and after school care at many local schools, and brings in a revenue stream that supports our non-profit activities. We are currently developing the Family and Neighborhood Academy, which is part of the local United Way Place Matters Initiative. In addition, we are active members of many community initiatives working to create positive change in our area.

Our pediatric partnership is integrally connected to our Parents as Teachers program. The program is based at a community health center, the Downtown Health Plaza, sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health. We work closely with the pediatricians there, so when they meet with families and recognize there is a need for more help than they can give in the short time they have, they refer them to us. These families may need assistance with breastfeeding, behavior issues, developmental concerns, or other issues. The family then meets with a family educator immediately if possible, sometimes even in the exam room, or she calls them to set up an appointment. If the family only needs short term assistance, such as breastfeeding help, they may have one or two appointments to resolve their concerns. Children with developmental concerns receive a screening and a referral if needed to address the issue. Families that qualify and are interested in participating in our PAT program are referred there. We have expanded this program to two additional pediatric practices.

We have recently added a new component to this program. The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has funded our Pediatric Holistic Health Initiative, which has increased the number of families we can serve both non-intensively and with PAT, and it has enabled us to build a partnership with Family Services of Forsyth County to offer on-site mental health counseling to our families. The counselor can work with parents and with children who have mental health needs, and since the programs are so closely connected, this gives the families encouragement and a warm handoff to services that families are sometimes reluctant to access. This service is available to families that are seen non-intensively at the pediatric sites as well as families enrolled in our PAT program.

Imprints Cares is committed to improving the lives of children and families in Forsyth County. We are constantly working to improve our programs and to reach additional families so we can have a positive effect on families and the community. At Imprints Cares, we shift the odds and tip the balance in a child’s favor by strengthening the family.

Congratulations for 2017 Parent Educators of the Year

Pictured left to right: Constance Gully, Aurora Swain, Amy Hoffman, Amanda Johnson, Patricia Kempthorne, PJ West, Kerry Caverly and Karen Shanoski

Pictured left to right: Constance Gully, Aurora Swain, Amy Hoffman, Amanda Johnson, Patricia Kempthorne, PJ West, Kerry Caverly and Karen Shanoski

AURORA SWAIN OF FAMILIES FIRST IN CABARRUS COUNTY, FROM CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA

AMY HOFFMAN HAS BEEN REPRESENTING THE FAMILY INC. PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM SINCE 1999

AMANDA JOHNSON FROM THE HOWE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER IN GREEN BAY WISCONSIN

OPENING GENERAL SESSION FEATURES FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PANEL DISCUSSION

Kwesi Rollins, IEL Director of Leadership Programs and Parents as Teachers board member.

Kwesi Rollins, IEL Director of Leadership Programs and Parents as Teachers board member.

On Wednesday, November 29, our opening general session will feature a panel discussion with moderator Kwesi Rollins, IEL Director of Leadership Programs and Parents as Teachers board member. The panel will discuss Family Engagement in diverse sectors such as education, healthcare, tribal communities, housing and the military.

Panelists, left to right: Libby Doggett, Francis Vigil, Robert T. Ammerman, Dewanna McDowell, Christina M. Hodgkinson and panel moderator Kwesi Rollins

Panelists, left to right: Libby Doggett, Francis Vigil, Robert T. Ammerman, Dewanna McDowell, Christina M. Hodgkinson and panel moderator Kwesi Rollins

Blue Ribbon Affiliates Named for 2017

New Blue Ribbon Affiliates have been named for 2017

  • Child and Family Resources, Inc. (AZ)
  • Child Crisis Arizona (AZ)
  • Sunnyside Parents as Teachers (AZ)
  • Richstone Family Center (CA)
  • Family Ed and Empowerment Program - P.A.T./Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo, Inc. (CO)
  • Growing Home Parents as Teachers (CO)
  • Bristol Family Resource Centers (CT)
  • EdAdvance (CT)
  • Norwich P.A.T./Norwich Family Resource Ctr./Even Start Program (CT)
  • West Haven Board of Education/West Haven FRC/P.A.T. (CT)
  • Winsted Family Resource Center/Winchester Board of Education (CT)
  • Kent County Parents as Teachers (DE)
  • Sussex Parents as Teachers (DE)
  • Champions for Children (FL)
  • CPEC-Family Support Services/Community Partnership of Elbert Co. (GA)
  • Parents as Teachers Gordon/PCA Gordon County (GA)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Habersham, Inc.  (GA)
  • Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc./Children's Trust Fund of GA (GA)
  • INPEACE/USDOE Native Hawaiian Education (HI)
  • Keiki O Ka 'Aina Family Learning Centers (HI)
  • ARC-Community Support Systems (IL)
  • Children's Foundation-Early Start/Program of Children's Home & Aid (IL)
  • Childserv (IL)
  • Clay County Health Department PAT (IL)
  • Crittenton Centers Milestones Program (IL)
  • Early Beginnings (IL)
  • Early Start/Antioch CCSD #34 (IL)
  • Emerson Elementary School PAT/Cairo School District #1 (IL)
  • Family T.I.E.S.- Parents as Teachers/East Dubuque School District #119 (IL)
  • FHN Family Counseling Center/FHN Family Counseling Center thru Regional Office of Education (IL)
  • HOME Danville School District #118 (IL)
  • Model Parenting - Parents as Teachers/School District #88 Early Childhood Center (IL)
  • Prevention Initiative - Parents as Teachers/Harvard CUSD #50 (IL)
  • Shiloh Help in Parenting/Shiloh cusd #1 (IL)
  • Southern Region Early Childhood Programs - P.A.T./Murphysboro CUSD #186 (IL)
  • YWCA Young Parents Program - Metropolitan Chicago (IL)
  • Early Childhood Connections/Hays USD #489 (KS)
  • Maine Families Androscoggin County (ME)
  • Maine Families Aroostook County (ME)
  • Maine Families Cumberland County (ME)
  • Maine Families Franklin County (ME)
  • Maine Families Hancock County (ME)
  • Maine Families Keneebec/Somerset Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Oxford County (ME)
  • Maine Families Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties (ME)
  • Maine Families Waldo County (ME)
  • Maine Families Washington County (ME)
  • Maine Families York County (ME)
  • Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Parents as Teachers Program (MI)
  • Cascade City County Health Department/Maternal Child Health and Public Health Home Visitation (MT)
  • Mineral County Health Department (MT)
  • Children & Youth Partnership PAT for Dare County (NC)
  • Family Support PAT/Iredell County Partnership for Young Children (NC)
  • Henderson County Parents as Teachers/Children & Family Resource Center of Henderson Co. (NC)
  • Project Enlightenment PAT/Wake County Public Schools (NC)
  • Smart Start of Davie County (NC)
  • The Coalition for Families in Lee County/Lee County Partnership for Children (NC)
  • FamCare PAT (NJ)
  • Plainfield Connections/Prevent Child Abuse State Agency (NJ)
  • St. Francis Center - TIP Program/St. Francis Community Center (NJ)
  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (OH)
  • Mt. Hood Community College Early Head Start/PAT Program (OR)
  • Latino Community Development Agency (OK)
  • OPAT Program/Norman Public Schools (OK)
  • Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County (PA)
  • EOTC/Scranton Area Family Center (PA)
  • Family Resource Center of Blair County/Blair County Department of Social Services (PA)
  • Greene County Family Center (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center (Community Connections)/Greenville Area School District (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center/Farrell Area School District (PA)
  • Mercer County Family Center/Sharon City School District (PA)
  • Parenting Plus Program (PA)
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County (PA)  
  • Wayne County Family Center - P.A.T./Wallenpaupack Area School District (PA)
  • Blackstone Valley Community Action Program (RI)
  • Darlington County First Steps (SC)
  • Even Start Family Literacy Program/McCormick County School District 01 (SC)
  • First Steps - Parents as Teachers/Berkeley County School Dept. (SC)
  • First Steps Family Learning Center - P.A.T./Lexington County School District 3 (SC)
  • Home Education Learning Partners/Clarendon District Two- First Steps (SC)
  • Jasper County First Steps (SC)
  • Parent Education/Family Literacy - P.A.T./Pickens County School District (SC)
  • Parent Information & Resource Center/Lexington County School District 1 (SC)
  • PAT - Parenting Partnerships/York School District One (SC)
  • Richland County First Steps To School Readiness/SC Department of Education (SC)
  • School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties/Ready by Five (SC)
  • STAR: Starting Together…...Arriving Ready/Pair Education Center (SC)
  • ChildCareGroup Parents as Teachers (TX)
  • Community Healthcore (TX)
  • Highland Park Elementary School (TX)
  • Precious Minds New Connections/McKenna System (TX)
  • Richardson Independent School District (TX)
  • The Parenting Cottage - Parents as Teachers (TX)
  • Waco ISD Parents as Teachers/Waco Independent School District (TX)
  • Parent Connection/Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin (WI)
  • Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network (WI)
  • Wetzel County Center for Children and Families (WI)

We Stand with Dreamers

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Our vision at Parents as Teachers is that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.  The decision by this Administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program will make that vision harder to realize. As a universal access home-visiting model with programs in all 50 states, Parents as Teachers is committed to working in any community and with any family during the crucial early years of their children’s lives, regardless of where the child or parents were born.  

DACA recipients—Dreamers, as they are  frequently called—were brought to the United States as babies or young children with no say in the matter. They grew up here, attended school here, go to college here, are employed here, pay taxes here and many have had children of their own here. Under DACA these individuals gained needed protections from deportation. Nearly a quarter of DACA participants have at least one American-born child. (1)

Without the protections granted under the DACA program, these families are forced to consider and plan for the worst: a parent or both parents being deported, being away from their children and the only home they have ever known. Parental involvement and engagement is paramount to the healthy growth and development of a child. The reality of parent being abruptly taken from their home, or even the threat of that happening creates high levels of stress and anxiety in the home. When parents are forced to confront these damaging realities, it becomes incredibly challenging to ensure their children are able to thrive. Parents might be reluctant to seek outside services for support and may not be able to dedicate time to encourage the healthy development of their child. We cannot afford to jeopardize the health, safety and well-being of this vulnerable group of children and families.   

At Parents as Teachers, we stand with the Dreamers and our partner agencies across the country who are committed to diversity and inclusion and demand legislative action to ensure a pathway to citizenship for these individuals. Every child has the right to be able to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential, and as a country we need to protect that right, not diminish it.  

Parents as Teachers National Center


1 Results from Tom K. Wong et al., 2017 National DACA Study