National Parents as Teachers Day is celebrated on November 8 every year. This is a day to recognize the organizations that offer educational services to parents across the country and around the world so that they may be able to better support their children’s learning and growth. National Parents as Teachers Day acknowledges the important role that parents play in the initial education of their child’s life — every child learns their first lessons at home. This is the day to celebrate the indispensable role that parental involvement plays in a child’s development and ability to realize their full potential.

National Parents as Teachers Day encourages Parents as Teachers Organizations and parents to come together to support children in their educational and well-being endeavors. The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970s in Missouri. Educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness, which impacted their classroom performance. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a crucial link in the child’s development and ability to learn new skills, such as reading and writing.

National Parents as Teachers Day was started by the Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The organization declared the first Parents as Teachers Day in 2001. It was decided that the day would be celebrated by offering support to the community by spreading awareness about early childhood programs. If you would like more information on your local Parents as Teachers program, please call The Guidance Center at 1-877-776-1636.

 The Guidance Center is celebrating National Parents as Teachers Day and 30 years of PAT in Pennsylvania. Business location posters and yard signs can be seen around the community. Families record the number of Celebration signs and their location and submit their list to be entered into a prize drawing on November 8.