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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Celebrate National Parents as Teachers Day!

Parents as Teachers group photo

Sunday, Nov. 8, is National Parents as Teachers Day! Celebrate National PAT Day by playing a game or taking a walk with your child.

A family's connection with the Ray-Pec School District can begin well before a child enters kindergarten. Parents as Teachers is a program that serves families with children from birth to age 5.

In fact, services can begin before birth - with a first contact with a family is expecting a child. PAT is a program in Missouri that is offered through local school districts.

In the Ray-Pec School District, parent educators provide home visits, annual developmental screenings, and family activities throughout the year. Due to COVID-19, group activities have not been scheduled this year.

Home connections are opportunities for parent educators to meet virtually with parents to promote early learning, offer information about child development, and help establish a partnership between families, schools and community resources. During the developmental screenings, a parent educator can help a parent to identify strengths and weaknesses of their child's development.

Currently, Ray-Pec PAT serves more than 180 families. The Ray-Pec School District has four parent educators working directly with families. Pictured, from left: Patty McGregor, Vicki Howe, Cindy Westergaard, and PAT Coordinator Cindy Watson.

To take advantage of this wonderful resource, contact Cindy Watson at 816-892-1220.

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