Parents as Teachers is a free program available to all City of St. Charles School District residents who are expecting a baby or have children birth to age five.
The City of St. Charles School District is proud to announce that our Parents as Teachers program earned the Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, the highest designation awarded by the Parents as Teachers National Center Quality Endorsement & Improvement Process.
Parents as Teachers provides early childhood organizations and professionals with information and tools that are innovative, relevant, and widely applicable across settings to today's parents, families and children.
Our home visiting professionals meet families where they are comfortable, typically in their homes. During visits, parent educators assess family needs and partner with parents to set family goals. Home visitors provide necessary information and resources to help parents support the emotional, behavioral, and physical development of their children. Each personal visit includes a focus on parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well-being.
The Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process helps ensure that Parents as Teachers affiliates are achieving fidelity to the Parents as Teachers model and facilitates continuous quality improvement. Parents as Teachers affiliates are required to engage in the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process in their fourth year of implementation and every five years after that.
Parents as Teachers rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate's accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials, and the partner organizations with which they work. Programs that earn the Quality Endorsement are recognized by Parents as Teachers National Center as exemplary Blue Ribbon Affiliates, delivering high-quality services to children and families.
Did you know?
- You are your child's first and most important teacher
- Your child's brain grows more rapidly in the first three years of life than at any other time
- Positive attachment to parents and caregivers in the first three years of life affects your child's life-long success
When you join Parents as Teachers, you receive the following services:
- Home visits by certified parent educators
- Group meetings and activities for both you and your child
- Annual developmental screenings
- Connection to other resources
- Referral services