Parents as Teachers

Shelter & Health Assistance

Our Vision: All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.

Parents As Teachers is a parent education and support program offered to families with children age birth to Kindergarten entry. The program offers 4 main components to its participants: Home Visits, Developmental Screenings, Group Meetings, and a Resource Network.

Mission: To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Program Goals:

  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices.
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Increase children's school readiness and school success.

Core Values:

  • The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.
  • Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.
  • Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.
  • All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.

Parents As Teachers - Supporting Care Providers Through Personal Visits

Parents As Teachers for Child Care Providers is a program offered to all in-home child care providers. The goal of the curriculum is to give child care providers research-based information in a model that is both supportive and educational. It provides a structure for care providers to pass on that knowledge to the parents of the children in their care through specially designed Parent Pages. These pages encourage parents to extend their children's learning experience at child care into their home, as well as encourage them to enroll in their local PAT program. By supporting all who touch children's lives, we help build our state's early childhood vision: "Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful!" The program offers 4 main components to its participants: Home Visits, Developmental Screenings, Child Care Group Meetings, and a Resource Network.

Program Goals:

  • Develop relationships and maintain positive rapport with Child Care Providers.
  • Provide appropriate child development and neuroscience information and activities.
  • Assist Child Care Providers with developing and refining their observation skills.
  • Solicit and respond to Child Care Provider's questions, concerns, and needs.
  • Communicate with Child Care Providers in regards to the importance of overall PAT support for each child in their care environment by addressing issues of behavior and understanding how it relates to child development and temperament.
  • Provide early screening opportunities for all children in the child care environment upon receipt of parental permission.

How do I reach the Parents as Teachers staff?

Lynn Godwin (Program Manager)
641-682-8741
310 W. Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
641-682-8741 ext. 128
lgodwin@sieda.org

Lucas County
Erin Brooks (Educator)
641-774-8133
1711 Osceola Ave.
P.O. Box 715
Chariton, IA 50049

Monroe County
Tiffanie Spaur (Educator)
641-932-5107
221 S. Clinton
P.O. Box 271
Albia, IA 52531

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