Parents As Teachers

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Welcome to Parents as Teachers

Children come into this world ready for love and learning.  You are your child's first and most influential teacher.  But your baby was not born with directions!  Parents as Teachers informs, supports, and encourages parents like you in this important role.

Parents as Teachers has a vision: that all children will grow and develop to reach their full potential.  Isn't that what we want for our children?  Through Parents as Teachers, you will partner with a parent educator focused on your child's healthy growth and development.

Your parent educator will personalize information to fit with your family's needs, concerns, and hopes.  Together you will discuss goals for you as a parent and for your child.  You will build on your strengths and skills.

Parent-child Interaction

The love you have for your child and your warm, responsive interactions support their trust in this world.  With your love and interactions, your child will grow and thrive.

Development-centered Parenting

Share what you see your child doing.  Your parent educator will help connect those behaviors and actions to what is happening in their development.

Family Well-Being

You are building a healthy, nurturing environment for your child.  Your parent educator is there to broaden your knowledge as you make decisions for your child and family.  

These are the things Parents as Teachers is prepared to offer you.  As in any two-way partnership, there are things you promise and things your parent educator promised to deliver.

Parent Educator Responsibilities:

  1. Schedule a visit with you at a convenient time and place.  This visit will last around one hour, usually in your home.  It will include all the family members who would like to participate.
  2. Bring information about questions you have asked and information you have requested.
  3. Encourage and support you in your interactions with your child.
  4. Support you on your parenting journey.

Parent Responsibilities:

  1. Share information about what your child has been doing and how your child played with the activities and ideas that were given between visits.
  2. Ask questions and follow up on ideas that have been given to help my family.
  3. Be present and ready to participate at the agreed upon time by:
  •  Having the television turned off and cell phone put away.
  •  Gathering agreed-upon materials to use during the visit.
  •  Participating in the activity with your child.

4. Be my child's best, most influential teacher.

PAT Director & Parent Educator:  Lee Ritter ritterl@sullivaneagles.org

Parent Educator:  Sherry Stockley  stockleys@sullivaneagles.org

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