• Program Overview

    LIBERTY PARENTS AS TEACHERS: CHILDREN ARE BORN TO LEARN

    Do you have a child who is five years old or younger?
    If so, you should join Parents as Teachers. Our school district sponsors this exciting, rewarding, and free program that can help your child be a successful learner. Parents as Teachers is a voluntary early childhood parent education and family support program designed to help parents give their children the best possible start in life.

    Mission of Parents as Teachers:
    All parents will be their child's best first teachers.

    Components of Liberty's Parents as Teachers program:
    Personal Visits: During personalized home visits with a certified parent educator, who is trained in child development, parents are assisted in understanding what to look for in each stage of their chid's development. Parent educators offer practical tips to parents on ways to encourage learning, manage behaviors in their children, and promote strong parent-child relationships.

    Group Meetings: At group meetings parents get together to gain new insights and to share their parenting experiences, common concerns, and successes. Some group meetings also provide families the opportunities to participate in parent-child activities. 

    The goal of PCLG is to:

    • Offer continued support for young families
    • Help parents better understand the growth and development of their child
    • Offer an avenue for parents to connect with their child through fun learning activities
    • Build relationships with other families of children the same age

    Screenings: Parents as Teachers offers periodic screening when children are screened for hearing, vision, language, dental, nutritional, motor, intellectual and social-emotional development. The goals of these screenings are to give parents an understanding of their child's development and identify any potential concern before it could become an obstacle in their child's development.

    Resource Network: Families within our program can access other services integrated with Parents as Teachers programs in a broader early childhood program. Parent educators can also provide assistance in finding requested community services.

    Evaluation Findings:
    PAT children at age three are significantly more advanced than comparison children in language, problem solving, and other cognitive abilities and social development.

    PAT parents are more involved in their children's schooling which is highly related to a child's success in school.

    PAT children score higher on kindergarten readiness tests and standardized measures of reading, math, and language in early elementary grades.

    PAT parents are more confident in their parenting skills and knowledge; they read more to their children which leads to future school success.

    Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.:
    The Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that provides Parents as Teachers training and technical assistance; certification of Parents as Teachers educators; curriculum and materials development and adaptation; research and evaluation coordination; and international conferences. The center also engages in public policy initiatives that promote family support and parent education. To find out more, go to the PAT National Center website.

    Have your birth to 5 year old child(ren) join the over 700 children in our district who are already enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program. To enroll your child(ren) call 736-7020 today. You can also contact the Early Childhood Education Principal at sarah.birk@lps53.org

    The Parents as Teachers office is located at Liberty's Early Childhood Center at 9600 NE 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64158