Hannibal Parents as Teachers Mailing PAT Resources

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids! Hannibal Parents as Teachers continues visiting families virtually during these uncertain times and then following by mailing PAT resources and parent child interactions at the conclusion of the visit. We have referred families to community resources during visits and share a daily read aloud on our facebook pages for families to enjoy. #HannibalPAT #HomeVisiting #MOCAD2020#MOPATA4kids


Montgomery County Parent Educators are Connecting with Families Despite Rural Internet Service

Montgomery County Missouri PAT programs are connecting with families any way they can. While the internet service isn’t always reliable especially in rural MO Nancy Blaue, PAT Coordinator says “I feel like a lot of our parents are being empowered and strengthened through this experience.” “While not ideal, these tella/virtual visits are allowing parent educators to stay in contact with our families, follow-up with them, and share strategies to help with anxiety and stress, etc. ”
Thank you for supporting Missouri’s families! #MOCAD2020 #moleg#RuralMO


Joplin Parents as Teachers Provides Virtual Visit Activity Kits for Bilingual Families in Need

Today is Missouri Child Advocacy Day and today, we stand #Together4MOKids. Joplin Parents as Teachers provides Virtual Visit activity kits for bilingual families in need.
Also, calling and texting families to check-in can provide much-needed support and encouragement. As parent educators, we can listen and help remind parents of ways to destress. When we check-in we are taking some of the stress off of parents, not adding to it by asking a multitude of questions, but by listening and partnering with families to build resilience. We are all in this together and we can support our families during this uncertain time by reminding them they are not alone. #HomeVisiting#MOCAD2020 #moleg #StrongFamiliesSafeKids


Parent Educators Partner with Families to Help Them Understand Stress in the Home

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids Parents as Teachers supports families during uncertain times. A PAT mom shares: “PAT has been absolutely amazing to my family. They really helped me when it came to advice and guidence on how to be a young mother. They also taught me how to calm stressful situations for both myself and my child. They are very supportive and encouraging when it comes to everyday goals that you have and are absolutely amazing people. Without PAT I feel like i would have been afraid and unprepared in becoming a young mother. I am very grateful for all the time and efforts they have put into my family and wouldn’t take them for granted.”

Parent Educators partner with families to help them understand that even very young infants pick up on the stress that is around them. Be mindful of conversations and media exposure as children are listening. Share relaxation and stress-reducing techniques, reminding families that self-care will help them maintain the best mindset to take care of their children. Simple steps such as recognizing your own emotional state, taking several deep breaths, listening to relaxing music, talking to a friend and going outdoors will help you be the best you can be #FamilyWellbeing #MOCAD2020 #moleg #StrongFamiliesSafeKids#HomeVisiting


Palmyra Parent Educators Continue to Connect with Families

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids! Palmyra Parents as Teachers, Parent Educators continue to connect with families during this time by providing virtual home visits, social media posts and delivering meals to local daycares. They have been providing 110 meals to 10 daycare facilities as part of a school effort to feed kids. Kathy Nicholson shared “kids love reading books during the Virtual Visits and keep asking for just one more” Thank you for supporting Missouri families. #TeamPalmyra #FeedTheKids#HomeVisiting #MOCAD2020 #moleg #ReadTogetherBeTogether


Springfield Parents as Teachers’ Continuing Effort to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids In a continuing effort to reduce Child Abuse and Neglect, Springfield Parents as Teachers program has been working to educate and empower incarcerated parents by providing weekly classes at the Greene County Jail. SPS-PAT began the Strengthening Families women’s class in November 2017, and have had 268 attendees. In August 2018 a men’s class began and have had over 172 attendees. Most attendees will attend a minimum of 5-10 classes, some have been enrolled since class began and attend weekly. #Prevention #MOCAD2020 #moleg #StrongFamiliesSafeKids


Missouri Parent Educators Support Teenage Parents

Today, we stand #Together4MO! Parent educators support teenage parents through home visits and bring more than just education we offer hope and encouragement to young families. As we partner with families and teach positive parenting practices we have opportunity to change the trajectory of many lives, this not only strengthens the families we serve but produces a ripple effect that serves the entire community.
Note from a mom:
PAT has been a huge support for me as a young mom. When I got pregnant the only resources I had for any questions regarding my pregnancy and birth were my doctor and family. PAT helped me educate myself on the whole process and made me feel prepared for the next journey of my life. When my baby was born I always had someone to reassure me that I was doing a good job and to provide advice and knowledge about my growing baby. My daughter is 9 months old now and I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through it without my PAT educator and the other parents in the group supporting me!
#HomeVisiting #MOCAD2020 #MOPATA4kids #moleg #FamilyWellbeing


Farmington Parent Educators Getting Ready to Have an I Spy Virtual Visit

Visit the @Farmingtion7pat Facebook page to explore Mrs. Kim’s Secret Garden, learn about germs, go on a color walk with a Farmington family, and so much more. Also pictured is a Farmington Parents As Teachers, Parent Educators getting ready to have an I Spy Virtual Visit. She will be talking about following directions, expanding Language by adding descriptive words, and helping to strengthen listening skills.

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids! #MOCAD2020 #HomeVisiting#moleg #MOPATA4kids Farmington, Missouri


Columbia Public Schools Works to Support Families During this Unprecedented Time

Missouri Parents as Teachers Association supports Child Advocacy Day because of Parents As Teachers programs like Columbia Public Schools.
Columbia PAT continues its work to support families during this critical and unprecedented time. Through supportive virtual home visits, diaper deliveries, and connection to essential resources in our community, we hope to help decrease family stress.

This time has been especially difficult for families whose first language is not English. Parent educators have been the main contact for many of our refugee and immigrant families who find it more difficult to navigate systems, information, and resources. They have been able to help problem-solve things like K-12 links and information, food resources and processes, and critical information about virus prevention.

Parent educators continue to bring our teen parents together in virtual group meetings in order to provide the group support our teen parents were receiving within their high schools. This has allowed the teens to come together with experienced educators to support one another through their unique lens and perspectives.

During virtual home visits, it has been especially important for parent educators to help families mitigate stress and anxiety by discussing self-care strategies, providing mental health resources, and sharing strategies to help reduce the negative emotional impact on children.

Next week they plan to launch virtual group classes starting with Infant Massage!

Columbia PAT is working hard to use our unique expertise and our connection to families with young children to find new ways to continue our traditional support. Likewise, we are helping families navigate all of the new challenges and stresses resulting from the pandemic.

TODAY WE STAND #Together4MOKids. #CPSstrongstart Join us in our work to build a better future for Missouri! #MOCAD2020 #HomeVisiting#MOPATA4kids #moleg


Kansas City Public Schools Continues to Support Families During COVID-19

Today, we stand #Together4MOKids! The Kansas City Public Schools district has been working hard to support families. During the year Parents as Teachers not only support families with home visits but offer numerous community events and are always finding ways to connect with families throughout the Kansas City area. Some other supports KCPS PAT provides to its community include:

-teen parent support group connections
-parenting information shared on local media networks
-joining in Missouri Child Advocacy Day each year
-participating in Success by Six
-offering supportive care PAT meetings to the community
-offering developmental screening at the local library
-hosting baby showers for expectant moms in need
And the list goes on and on…

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, KCPS PAT has been sending out support packets to families and offering Virtual Home Visits. As Parents as Teachers programs across Missouri work together to provide support to families in our community during this time, be proud of the work that you are doing as an integral part of your family’s social support network. It is new to all of us and together we are continuing the vision of the Parents As Teachers program by providing families with the information and resources to ensure that all children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.

Thank you KCPS PAT program you are making an amazing impact in your area!
#HomeVisiting #MOCAD2020 #moleg #StrongFamiliesSafeKids