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Parents as Teachers in Kansas is going through a restructuring of the program due to a new funding source. This new funding source was the result of Governor Brownback's budget decisions and approved by the state legislators. This change will start July 1, 2016.

Due to this new funding source, families will have to qualify for Parents as Teachers personal visits from a list of criteria. If your family or child meets one of these criteria, we will need to have documentation of the criteria for our record. This documentation can come from a screening we have already completed or from the professional who diagnosed the condition.

Please read the Enrollment Qualifiers (PDF).

All families are still offered Parents as Teachers Group Connections through September 2016 and playgroups at North Lindenwood Support Center on Wednesday and Thursdays, 10-11a.m., through July 2016.

Please call or email Program Coordinator Nancy Keel, (913) 780-8106 or keeln@olatheschools.org, with questions.


Being a parent means finding answers to questions. Long before their child asks "Why is the sky blue?" parents are faced with other issues such as "Is my child developing slower than his peers?" or "Does my baby actually learn when I play with her?"

Parents of children younger than 36 months old may find answers to many of their questions through the Parents as Teachers program in the Olathe Public Schools. The free program is personalized to meet the needs of individual families of babies and toddlers living within the Olathe Public Schools.

The Olathe program is part of the national Parents as Teachers program and follows its curriculum. All parent educators have a minimum of an undergraduate degree and experience in early childhood education. They also train in the national Parents as Teachers certification program.

Parents as Teachers can be reached at (913) 780-8106. The program coordinator is Nancy Keel, keeln@olatheschools.org. For more information, please contact Marita Douglas, douglasm@olatheschools.org.

Program Services:

  • The fall newsletter is available in PDF format.
  • Personal visits by certified educators trained in child development help parents understand each stage of a child's growth and offer practical tips to encourage learning.
  • Group connections (formerly group meetings) bring parents together to share common concerns and gain new insights.
  • Screenings for overall development, language, hearing and vision help detect potential problems and prevent future difficulties in school.

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