Parents As Teachers

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Vision

All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.

Mission

To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. Parents as Teachers is a child development program, sponsored by our local school district at no charge to families living within the district's boundaries. Services include:

  • Personal visits
  • Group connections
  • Playgroups
  • Screenings
  • Links with other community resources

Services are facilitated by certified parent educators with specialized training in working with families who have infants and toddlers. Program participation is voluntary. As funding is available, services may extend to kindergarten age. We are pleased to be recognized by Parents as Teachers National Center as a "Program of Excellence" following our assessment in program quality performance standards.

Leavenworth Parents as Teachers is an international affiliate of Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, Mo. Our program also serves Fort Leavenworth USD207.

For more information about these national programs visit www.parentsasteachers.org or contact our local office at (913) 684-1450.

Enrollment

If you reside in Leavenworth (USD453) or Fort Leavenworth (USD207) School District and you are pregnant or have a child under 3 years of age, please contact us with your name, address, phone number, email, and child(ren) name and date of birth. You can send this information to kicia.wagner@usd453.org or call (913) 684-1450. Our regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year. Summer hours are limited.

Playgroups

Parents as Teachers playgroups provide a regular time for you to experience your child's development in a play format and also meet other families in the community with children of similar age. Although there is no charge for playgroups, it is required that you enroll for a specific session (based upon the age of your child). Playgroups begin for children as young as 2 months. Playgroups take place at Nettie Hartnett Education Center, 1000 3rd Avenue, Leavenworth, KS 66048. Call our office for an updated schedule.

Group Connections

Parents as Teachers sponsors group connections, which are usually fun activities for parents and their young children to do together. Occasionally we will sponsor a special speaker and provide child care. These meetings are usually on Saturday mornings.

Examples of previous meetings include The Red Barn Farm, Dads and Donuts, Truck Jam, and Blockfest.

Parenting Seminars, Classes, and Support Groups

Upon special request, Leavenworth Parents as Teachers provides special services. Call our office for qualifications and more information. Parenting classes are scheduled for six week sessions.

Screenings

Parents as Teachers provides developmental screenings to children enrolled in our program. We screen in the areas of communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills. We provide a specific screening for social-emotional development. We also provide functional hearing assessments using the otoacoustic emissions instrument and vision screenings using the SPOT. The screenings are provided at no charge to the family.