Parents as Teachers

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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.

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Program Services:

  • The winter 2013/spring 2014 newsletter (PDF) keeps parents informed of upcoming events as well as offers ideas for encouraging a child's development. (The newsletter is a PDF document viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
  • 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.
  • Playtimes for parents and children are scheduled in two Olathe centers: Ridgeview Elementary School and North Lindenwood Support Center.
  • Screenings for overall development, language, hearing and vision help detect potential problems and prevent future difficulties in school.

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