Why Invest in Parents as Teachers?

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Year Published
2011
Author (Organization)
Parents as Teachers National Center.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
This fact sheet profiles the Parents as Teachers program, an evidence-based home visiting approach that builds strong families and promotes positive parent-child interaction so children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Findings from a 2004 study on the benefits and costs of prevention and early intervention programs are shared and indicate Parents as Teachers had the largest benefit per dollar of cost ($1.23) of all reviewed pre-kindergarten education programs for children up to age 3. Goals of the Parent as Teachers program are explained and include: enhance parent knowledge of child development and improve parenting practices; increase early detection of developmental delays and health issues; promote safe and healthy relationships to prevent child abuse and neglect; and improve school readiness and school success. Accomplishments of the Parents as Teacher program in reaching these goals are discussed. 13 references.

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