Parents as Teachers Newsletter

North Kansas City Schools * October 2020

Conscious Discipline Training

We partnered with The Family Conservancy again this year to bring parents FREE Conscious Discipline Parent Education Classes! The first series starts on October 22nd. See the Flier below for the complete list of dates and times as well as sign up info!

This is a 5-week series. Each class builds on the information from the week before, so we ask you to commit to attending all 5 classes.

Refer a Family - Win a Walmart Gift Card!!

NKC Parents as Teachers needs your help! We have several openings in our program, especially for infants and toddlers.

All currently enrolled families that refer a new family during October & November will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Walmart gift card! (the referred family must enroll in NKC Parents as Teachers). Refer 3 friends--you get 3 entries in our drawing!! The winner will be drawn on December 2nd.

Families can enroll by:

Tell them to mention your name when they enroll!!

Group Connection Planning Survey

Have you completed our group connections survey? Click here to share your thoughts on what you would like to see included in group connections this year.

Developmental Screenings

Parent educators will begin developmental screenings this month.

Prior to your child's screening, your parent educator will give you a short list of materials to gather. These will be used to complete your child(ren)'s screening(s) virtually. All of these materials are typically found in the home. If there is something on the list that you don't have (such as blocks or a ball) contact your parent educator. They can help brainstorm alternate items in the home you can use. You do not have to purchase anything to complete this screening.

Success by 6 Is OPEN!!

The Success by 6 Resource Library is open for contactless curbside checkout!!

At this time we are unable to allow visitors into the center to play or check out toys. Please view the directions and links below for information on how to access the online catalog and check out process. BE SURE TO FILL OUT A USER AGREEMENT! (Step 1)

Step 1: Complete the User agreement

Step 2: Complete the online checkout form after looking through our catalog below

Step 3: Judy Braden will email you to arrange a pickup time.

Step 4: Arrive at your scheduled time and pick up your toys outside the front door of our office.

Step 5: Have fun playing!!

Please note: We are located at 1950 NE 46th St, KCMO 64116 until the new early education center opens.

Success By 6 Toy Catalog

Click here to open

Pizza and Picky eaters Presentation

When serving veggies and fruits to babies, toddlers and young eaters - think color!

(From the blog on

We recently featured various veggies and fruits of all the colors of the rainbow on our Instagram account. Our followers asked us to compile the charts into one printable here it is!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We have divided the foods into babies and toddlers.
  • The serving suggestions provided are simply ideas and do not describe every way to serve these foods; they're just a few ideas to consider.
  • When oils or spices are mentioned, they're just to get you thinking about how to flavor veggies and fruits. There's nothing age-specific about the oils or spices used; they are OK as of 6+ months. We recommend limiting salt in infancy, but herbs/spices are encouraged because they help babies and toddlers learn about new flavors. Our favorite oils include olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, butter and ghee.
  • Hard foods like apples and carrots are choking hazards. Make sure to modify these foods until your child is 4.
  • Some of these foods may not be available year-round. Choose seasonal produce when you can - they will be more tasty and more affordable

Be sure to signup for their newsletter by clicking here for monthly tips on feeding your family.

Book Nook

It's October and pumpkins are everywhere. There are many fun books to help you explore pumpkins--everything from factual stories about how they grow to silly stories and the fun we can have with pumpkins.

October is also fire prevention month. Books can be a great way to introduce serious topics like fire safety!

Below are a few of our favorite books to look for at the library or online. (Click on the covers for information on the author).

Can't make it to the library? That's okay! There are plenty of read-a-louds online as well that you can enjoy at home. Check out a few that we found below!

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkins Etc

10700 Farmers Lane, Platte City, MO 64079

(816) 604-0181

NO ADMISSION FEE, open Friday -Sunday 10-6

20 acres of pumpkins, 2 small mazes, farm kittens to play with, no dogs allowed

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

650 N Jefferson St, Kearney, MO 64060

(816) 628-0028

Tickets start at 12.95/person

Tickets include Jumbo Jumper, Children's Village, Giant Corn Pit, Keebler Treehouse Village, Country Carousel, Duck Races, Barnyard Critters, Cow Train, Stuck In the Mud Playground, Hay Rides, and corn mazes. Additional activities added on the weekend. See their website for complete details.

Carolyn's Country Cousins

17607 N.E. 52nd Street, Liberty, MO 64068


Tickets start at 13.95

Ticket includes Jumpin’ Pad, Wagon-rides to the Pumpkin Patch, Petting Barn. Playgrounds & Climbers, Wooden Train, Sand Diggers, Fort Liberty Bend, Towering Tunnels, Scarecrow Tunnel, Roping Barrel Horses and Cow Heads, Picnic Areas, and Much More! Additional activities added on the weekends.

Crazy Craigs Pumpkins

14521 A Hwy, Liberty, MO 64068

(816) 786-1683

Free Admission

U Pick Pumpkin Patch: limited to availability, Straw Maze, Hay Mountain

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete - Kid Book Read Aloud - Children's Story
Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck | Fire Truck Song | Car Songs for Kids | The Kiboomers
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
#ReadAlong | PETE THE CAT: Five Little Pumpkins | Sing-Along Song | Happy Halloween!
From Seed to Pumpkin - Bedtime Stories