SM Parents As Teachers Newsletter

February 2020

Update from Dr. Leigh Anne Neal

Our Parents as Teachers program is currently engaged in the Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process through the national Parents as Teachers office. This rigorous process includes a comprehensive review of our program. Earning this Quality Endorsement will confirm that we are meeting national quality standards for Parents as Teachers programs. To help make sure families are getting quality services, a representative of the national Parents as Teachers office may conduct a family file review. We appreciate our families' support as we complete this reflective quality improvement process.


To help us share the exciting activities and programs offered through SM Parents as Teachers, we would like to capture photos at some of our parent/child activities and parent education programming. Please be sure to sign a photo release for your child. Just a reminder that Shawnee Mission is fortunate to have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Parents as Teachers. If you have not yet signed up to be a member of the SM PAT PTA, please be sure to do so. Included in your membership is the cost of many of the PTA-sponsored activities. Additionally, SM PAT PTA members receive advanced sign-up notification for PTA-sponsored activities/events.


The Shawnee Mission School District strives to offer high quality services through the Parents As Teachers program. Please contact me, leighanneneal@smsd.org or 913-993-6412, with any questions or feedback regarding the program.

Play Center Hours

We hope you will join other Shawnee Mission families for fun at the play center, located in the SM Early Childhood Education Center, 6701 W. 83rd Street. The hours for Play Center are:


Tuesday Mornings:

9:30-11:30 a.m.: All children under the age of 36 months


Wednesday Mornings:

9:30-11:30 a.m.: All children under the age of 36 months


Reminders: Food and drink are not allowed in the play center. Please model clean-up skills with your child by putting toys away after play.

Schedule of Events

Parent & Child Events:

We have scheduled 17 parent/child events that take place on Saturdays, Sundays or weekday evenings.

(link to events)


Saturday Play Center

February 22 from 9:30-11:30 a,m., at SM Early Childhood Education Center, 6701 W. 83 Street. If you don't get the opportunity to come during the week, this Play Center is for you!


PTA's Movin' and Groovin'

Saturday, March 7 from 10-11:30 a.m., at SM North, 7401 Johnson Drive, in the cafeteria.


Tips and Tricks for Early Literacy Development

Tuesday, March 24, 3 - 4:30 pm

Corinth Library


BLOCK Fest

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. at SM Early Childhood Education Center, 6701 W. 83 Street.


Adult-Only Parenting Presentations:


PAT Discipline Class

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 West 71 Street, room 2041.

Personal Visit Reminders

Personal safety is an important concern for everyone. Thank you to our families for continuing to follow the checklist below to help ensure our parent educators' safety during winter visits.


Personal visit safety reminder checklist:

 Turn lights on after dark

 Shovel snow

 Ice - prepare a safe entrance to your home

 Cold/Flu - please let your parent educator know to reschedule if there is illness in the home.

 Put dogs away during home visits (thanks for putting your pets away)


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Help Spread the Word about the SM Parents As Teachers Program

Do you know anyone living in the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries who is about to welcome a new baby or who has a young child? If so, please help them connect with our Parents as Teachers program, a voluntary program that offers personal home visits, social activities, playgroups, parenting classes, and various health-related and developmental screening. The early years of life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success, and parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. Enrolling in PAT is easy. Interested families can enroll online at: https://www.smsd.org/academics/early-childhood/parents-as-teachers