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Parents as Teachers (0-5)

Program Leader/Contact:

Jennifer L. Jansen
Parents As Teachers
Phone: 563-344-6393

Target Audience:
Scott County Families with children
age birth to Kindergarten entry
and expectant parents.

Project Description:
Parents as Teachers B-5 is a project designed to provide parent education and support to families in Scott County with children from birth to age five. This project is funded by Scott County Kids. The funding amount for 2005-2006 is $222,308.


Project Goals:
The goals of the project are to increase parent knowledge of child development and appropriate ways to stimulate their children's intellectual, language, social, and physical development; increase parent feelings of competence and confidence; enhance parent skills and parent-child interaction; prevent child abuse and neglect; develop strong partnerships between parents and schools; provide early detection of developmental problems; and increase children's school readiness and school success.

The Parents as Teachers program is delivered through four key components:

  • Personal visits - In monthly in-home visits, PAT-certified parent educators share age-appropriate child development information with parents, help them learn to observe their own child, address parenting concerns, engage family in activities that provide meaningful parent/child interaction.
  • Group meetings - Regular group meetings provide opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents also have opportunities to learn from and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings - Periodic screening for early identification of developmental delays or health, vision, and hearing problems provides regular review of each child's developmental progress, identifies strengths and abilities as well as areas of concern that require referral for follow-up services, increases parents' understanding of their child's development.
  • Resource Network - Parent educators help families identify and connect with needed resources outside of the Parents as Teachers Program.

Project Staff:

Jennifer L. Jansen
Parents As Teachers
Phone: 563-344-6393

Melissa A Zeimet
Parents As Teachers
Phone: 563-344-6412

Shari Huecksteadt
Parents As Teachers
Phone: 563-344-6413

Tara James
Parents As Teachers
Phone: 563-344-6577

Parents as Teachers Newsletter

2006-2007 Parents as Teachers Events


2007-2008 Parents as Teachers Events

Additional Information/Links:

Parents as Teachers National Center

Scott County Kids

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