Parents as Teachers is a nationally recognized evidence-based program provided by specially trained and certified early learning staff. The Guidance Center has been a certified Parents as Teachers Affiliate since 1997.
Parents as Teachers served children are significantly more advanced in language, social development, and problem solving and they score higher on kindergarten readiness and standardized achievement tests.
Parents as Teachers Program
The first few years of a child’s life are the most important years for building learning potential. Children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time. You help shape your child’s future through the kinds of experiences you provide. Parents as Teachers is here to partner with you.
Parents as Teachers is provided at no cost to all families with children from pregnancy through kindergarten entry in the DuBois area, Jefferson, Potter, Elk and McKean Counties. Services include home visits, developmental screenings, resource connections and group activities.
What Families Have to Say
“My child has more interest in learning and is doing things beyond his age level.”
“I am much more consistent.”
“I am more aware of what my options are as a parent.”
“Parents as Teachers gives me lots of creative ideas for activities that I can do with my child.”
You Are Your Child’s First And Most Important Teacher
Home visits are delivered weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on your family’s needs and schedule. During home visits staff will:
- Demonstrate ways to help your child learn through play.
- Provide materials for you and your child to create and participate in fun activities, games, and crafts.
- Share information about every stage of your child’s development and address any questions or concerns.
Screenings will be offered periodically to help you assess your child’s health, hearing, vision, language, intellectual and physical development.
Staff will provide information about other community resources, activities, events, and services to support your child’s development.
Optional group story time, craft and game activities provide opportunities for children to develop social skills while parents are able to network and share ideas. Groups are open to any pre-school family regardless of whether or not they participate in home visits.