• Albemarle Smart Start Partnership

    Parents as Teachers is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

    During regularly scheduled visits, a Certified Parent Educator:

    ~Offers practical tips on parent-child interactions that promote learning and positive behaviors.

    ~Helps parents understand each stage of their child’s development.

    ~Introduces parents to various community resources that can support them in their most important job, being their child's first and most influential teacher.

    Group Connections offer parents the opportunity:

    ~To connect with other parents of young children.

    ~To share successes and concerns.

    ~To participate in parent-child activities designed to promote positive family interactions and learning.

    Periodic Developmental Screenings are scheduled to ensure that potential problems are detected early so that later difficulties in school can be prevented.

    Parents as Teachers has shared remarkable successes with families in North Carolina and across the country. Overall studies indicate that children whose parents have been through Parents as Teachers:

    ~At age 3 outperform their peers in the areas of language, problem solving and other intellectual abilities, and social development.

    ~Score higher on kindergarten readiness tests.

    ~Score higher on standardized measures of reading, math and language in first through fourth grades.

Last Modified on January 13, 2018