PARENTS AS TEACHERS IS 30!!!!
We would like to start off this year’s newsletter by saying, “Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday PARENTS AS TEACHERS, happy birthday to us!” This year marks the 30th birthday or anniversary of the Parents as Teachers program. The Parents as Teachers program, which is now offered in all 50 states and 6 different countries, began 30 years ago in the state of Missouri!
The concept for Parents as Teachers began developing in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children beginning Kindergarten were at different levels of school readiness. Research has shown that greater parent involvement is a key link in a child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing. At that time, early childhood professionals suggested that a program to provide detection of developmental delays and health issues, along with parent education would help parents understand their role in their child’s development. Research has also shown that parent involvement, from the beginning, improves school readiness and parent involvement throughout a child’s education history. A parent is a child’s FIRST and BEST teacher.
In 1981, with funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Danforth Foundation, Parents as Teachers began as a “pilot program” in four districts within the state. The pilot program was found to be extremely successful. So, recognizing the program’s benefits and cost effectiveness, Missouri legislature began providing state funding in 1985 to begin Parents as Teachers in all Missouri school districts.
At that time, Parents as Teachers developed a vision and mission statement, that we would like to share with you:
VISION: All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.
MISSION: To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need, to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
There have been many changes over the past 30 years with Parents as Teachers, but the purpose of these statements remain the same today. And, your Windsor Parents as Teachers staff will work to fulfill these.
We will continue to provide for you the same four components of the Parents as Teachers program, that have been provided from the start:
1. Personal/home visits by certified parent educators.
2. Group connections/meetings about early childhood development and parenting, plus social interaction.
3. Developmental and health screenings.
4. Links and referrals to community resources.
We are very happy to announce, that we have added a new Parent Educator to our program. Her name is Cathy Theiss. Cathy is experienced in the Parents as Teachers Born to Learn Curriculum, having worked for 9 years serving the districts of Hillsboro, DeSoto, Grandview and Sunrise. She received additional training this Summer in the Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum. Cathy took a break from P.A.T. for a few years to work at a family business, but is very excited to get back to working with young children and their families. Cathy and Mindy Ford, our “veteran” parent educator have known each other for over 30 years, so they should work well together.
DEVELOPMENTAL AND HEALTH SCREENINGS
Developmental and health screenings are being offered at Windsor Elementary school this year. Screenings are most Thursdays between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Please call the Parents as Teachers office to schedule a screening, 636-464-4499.
When you arrive for the screening, please report to the main school office and let the secretaries know that you are here for your child’s screening. You and your child will then be taken to see our P.A.T. nurse, Angie Buhlmann, R.N. Angie will weigh and measure your child and then do a vision and hearing screening. Upon completion, she will escort you and your child to the developmental portion of the screening. This year, we are screening in the latch-key room, which is just across the hall from the main office. Your child will be screened by one of the Parents as Teachers staff, or an Early Childhood teacher. You will remain with your child throughout the entire screening. Your child’s screening results will be discussed with you upon completion. The entire process can take between 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hours.
Health and developmental screenings are always great indicators of your child’s development and also instrumental in detecting any type of health or developmental delays. Nurse Angie has been able to detect and refer several children in the past for unknown ear infections and eye problems.
If your child would need additional evaluation for possible developmental delays, we refer children age 3 and younger to Missouri First Steps Early Intervention. First Steps can provide speech, physical and occupational therapy for your child for a small fee, based on your income. For children over 3 with developmental concerns, we refer to our own district’s Early Childhood Special Education department.
This year, we have once again teamed with the Windsor Early Childhood classes to offer a wide variety of group connections. We try to offer at least one per month and some times two. The schedule is as follows:
Stuckmeyer’s Pumpkin Patch: Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Please meet at Stuckmeyer’s for a hay ride, fun in Fort Spooky, bounce house and a small pumpkin. $7.00 per person.
Story-time: Tuesday, Ocotber 28, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. This month we will meet at Miss Brittni’s Title One pre-K classroom at Freer Elementary. Join us for a themed story-time with books, crafts, games, snack and socialization.
Magic House!: Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This group connection is FREE to all and is available through an educational grant provided by the Magic House.
Story-time: Tuesday, November 11.2014 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This month we will meet at Miss Danielle’s ECSE classroom at Windsor Elementary. Please report to the main office before coming down to the classroom.
Story-time: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This month we will meet at Miss Jenny’s ECSE classroom at Freer Elementary. Please feel free to come at the time that is most convenient for you and your child/children.
Winter Wonderland: Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Winter Wonderland is a night of fun holiday activities. It will be at both Freer Elementary and Windsor Elementary in the Early Childhood classrooms. Please feel free to attend this event at the school that is most convenient for you.
Story-time: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This month’s story-time will be in Miss Kristen’s ECSE classroom at Windsor Elementary. Looking for a way to break the Winter blues… come to story-time!
Story-time: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Story-time will be held at Windsor Elementary in Miss Rachel’s Title One Pre-K classroom this month. Cabin Fever? Story-time is the answer!
Story-time: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Looking for something to do with the kids? How about story-time, this month in Miss Sara’s ECSE classroom at Windsor Elementary.
Story-time: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Our final story-time for the year will be in Miss Wendy’s ECSE classroom at Freer Elementary. Hope you can make it!
Spring Fling: Friday, April 10, 2015 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Mastodon Park picnic shelter. Mastodon Park is on Seckman Road in Imperial. Join us for lots of fun games and activities.
HOOT CARES? WE CARE MART
Windsor School District cares very much for you and your family. Through the generosity of other families within our district, we are able to offer the HOOT CARES? WE CARE MART. This is a resource for families within the district in need of clothing. Some items we have include gently used children’s clothing, coats, shoes and accessories (hats, scarves, gloves, belts).
If at any time, you find your family in need of this program, please contact our district social worker, Chrissy Immken at 636-464-4428. Chrissy will ask for sizes, check for availability and then set up a time to meet with you for pick up.
We would like to thank everyone within the district for their continued support of our program. Including our school board, administration, teachers and especially you, the Parents as Teachers families!
Please feel free to contact our Parents as Teachers office to enroll your child in the program, schedule a home visit or screening and for any questions in regards to your child’s development, 636-464-4499. We look forward to hearing from you!
Janelle Dinwiddie, PAT coordinator
Angie Buhlmann, RN
Cathy Theiss, Parent educator
Mindy Ford, Parent educator