Parents as Teachers
All children will develop, learn and grow to realize their full potential.
Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.
For more information visit: www.parentsasteachers.org
Home visits consist of:
The same consistent certified parent educator
Assistance, support, and encouragement as your child grows and developments.
Twice a month visits in- home for 1 hour (virtual visits during pandemic).
Individualized activities for the child with parent-child interaction support.
Review of child’s developmental milestones with plans for next steps.
Assistance with resources and referrals for family.
Interactive story time, child receives a book on each visit.
Information on developmental centered parenting topics.
On-going developmental screenings of child.
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting model that provides comprehensive home-visits, parent education. The model provides services to families with children from Prenatal through Kindergarten entry.
Affiliates follow the essential requirements of the model, which provide minimum expectations for program design, infrastructure, and service delivery. Parents as Teachers provides support for affiliates to meet those requirements as well as further quality standards that represent best practices in the field.
FOUR DYNAMIC COMPONENTS TO THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS MODEL:
Four Primary Goals of the Program:
1. Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parent practices
2. Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
3. Prevent child abuse and neglect
4. Increase children’s school readiness and success
In October 2018, Florence One Schools/ Parents as Teachers Program earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Florence One Schools/ Parents as Teachers Program is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity.
Families in the Florence One community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.
Parent Child+ Program
ParentChild+ uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. We engage early in life and help toddlers, their parents, and their family child care providers access a path to possibility.
To increase verbal interaction between the parent and child. This verbal interaction has both cognitive and affective components.
The Parent Child+ Program provides a more intense focus on the language/literacy of 2 to 3-year-old children.
Home visits are provided to low-income families twice a week for 30 minutes over two program cycles.
The child receives a new book or educational toy each week.
On the first visit of each week, the Early Learning Specialist models for the parent, ways to engage the child in a fun educational experience using the book or toy.
On the second visit of each week, the parent and children together demonstrate how they will use the toy/ book.
On each visit, the Early Learning Specialist will provide supportive extended activities to support learning.
Over the course of the program, families share a love of learning and experience success that will last a lifetime and will change their lives.
Over the course of two cycles (years), families receive 92 home visits and acquire a library of:
46 high-quality books and educational toys
46 curricular guide sheets with tips on vocabulary-building, engaging conversation, skill development, social-emotional development, imaginative play, and literacy, music, and art activities.
Parent- Child Playgroups
Purpose of Playgroups
To offer parents and their children opportunities to come together once a week in a warm and homelike setting with other parents. To help parents gain insight about the importance of play through observing children.
What are Playgroups?
The playgroups are designed to provide children ages newborns- 3 years old opportunities to learn, explore, and play. During playgroup children are involved in self-directed play while socializing with other children using age-appropriate equipment. After free play the children gather with the parent for a short time of music/song/fingerplay, they share a family-style snack and go outside for large gross motor play.
While children play, parents interact together sharing interesting parenting topics of interest while observing the children playing. Two certified Early Learning Specialists are available to facilitate each group and provide insight about play, child development, and parenting topics.