Parents as Teachers

NKC Schools * September 2019

Welcome Back Families!!!

It feels so great to be reunited with all of you again and if you are new to the North Kansas City School District Parents as Teachers program, Welcome! We look forward to partnering with you and your family this school year to help you and your child/children grow and develop. We hope that you take full advantage of the visits, resources, group connections, Success by 6 Center and library times that our program has to offer.

This summer we learned the exciting news that our program met all of the essential requirements for the PAT National Center for the 2018-19 school year and was named a Model Affiliate! We were also selected to go through a self-study this year to become a Blue Ribbon Model Affiliate. This is the highest honor a PAT program can have. There is currently 1 in the state of Missouri and our staff have their eyes set on being the second! We will keep you posted on our progress!

We hope you have a wonderful year with the Parents as Teachers program and if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to call me!

Courtney Holt

Early Learning Coordinator


Conscious Discipline Parent Night

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 5-7:30pm

5815 Northeast 48th Street

Kansas City, MO

You are invited to a night of love, laughter, and learning as Jill Molli presents on Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline provides behavior strategies, as well as trauma-informed social and emotional learning for both parents and educators.

Evening Schedule:

  • 5:00-5:30 Light Supper provided by North Oak Christian Church in the Cafeteria
  • 5:30-7:30 Presentation by Jill Molli in the Auditorium

Click here to reserve your spot today, Spaces are limited.

This event is for adults only.

Group Connections

The fall is full of fun family events!

We kicked off the school year with another beautiful evening at the Northland Miniature Railroad. We had a great turnout and it was so much fun seeing all the smiles on the children's faces as they rode the train! See below for pictures.


  • September 19th, Conscious Discipline Parent Night, 5-7:30 PM, Winnetonka High School, 5815 NE 48th St (See invite above)

  • October 22nd, Big Truck Night 5:00-7:00 PM, PAT office, 1950 NE 46th St. KCMO 64116

  • November 14th 5:30-7 pm OR 15th 10-11:30 am, Block Play, Fairview Christian Church, 1800 NE 65th St, 64118

  • December 10th, Stone Lion Puppets present "Snow". time and Location TBD

All Aboard the PAT Express!

Playtime for infants, toddler and preschoolers!

Tell all of your friends to meet you at the library for stories and a playdate!

We have partnered with NKC Public Library again to offer playtime at the library every week!! You do not need to be in PAT to participate.

Following storytime each week we will have toys available for play as well as to check out through Success By 6. We are excited that we will be following the new infant/toddler storytime on Friday's as well as the fabulous family storytimes offered on Wednesday with Miss Katie!

Family Storytime @ 11:00, playtime 11:30-12:30 (1st & 3rd Wednesday each month)

  • September 4th and 18th
  • October 2nd and 16th
  • November 6th and 20th
  • December 4th and 18th

Infant/Toddler Storytime @ 10:00, playtime 10:30-11:30 (2nd & 4th Friday each month)

  • September 13th and 27th
  • October 11th and 25th
  • November 8th
  • December 13th

North Kansas City Public Library is located at 2251 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO 64116, across from Dagg Park.

Tell Me More About These Screenings and Assessments

Over the next few months, you may notice your parent educator using some new assessment tools with your family, in addition to the ones we traditionally use. We are trying out a couple new tools as we strive to make our program stronger, and document the impact we know Parents as Teachers has with children and families that are enrolled.

Below is a list of the screening & assessment tools your Parent Educator (PE) may use with your child/family this year to help document the growth of your child and the strengths of your family.

ASQ-3 (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) Completed once a year, usually in the fall. This is a play-based screening, that works to celebrate children's milestones and identify possible delays in children ages 3 months to 5 1/2 years. It focuses on communication, large and small motor, problem-solving and personal-social development.

ASQ-SE2 (Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional) Completed once a year, usually in the fall. PE's will ask parents a variety of questions regarding your child's current social and emotional development, looking for any areas of concern, and discussing any questions you may have.

Hearing/Vision/Health/Dental: PE's will do a brief functional assessment of your child's hearing and vision as well as complete a health questionnaire. This functional assessment does not replace going to a Dr for any concerns you may have.

Healthy Family Parenting Inventory (new in 2019): This assessment will be used with some, but not all families this year. It is a 63 question form that takes 10-15 minutes to complete with your parent educator. It asks about a variety of parenting topics including personal care, problem solving, social supports, how effective you feel in your role as a parent and more. The purpose of this assessment is to see where your strengths currently are as a parent as well as measuring your growth as a parent while participating in Parents as Teachers.

Bracken-3 This assessment will be used with a small number of preschool-aged children (4 by July 31st). The Bracken is designed to measure your child's kindergarten readiness through a quick 10-minute question and answer session while your child looks at a variety of pictures. It will be given at the beginning of the school year and again at your last home visit of the year, to help show you the growth your child has made as you prepare them for kindergarten.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the tools mentioned above please speak to your parent educator or call Courtney Holt at 816-321-5453.

Success By 6 is Open!

We added so many new toys to Success By 6 over the summer and they are all so much fun!

Each month we will highlight some of the new toys in the center. This month we are taking a look at the infant/toddler toys and our expanded bookshelves.

The Success by 6 Resource Center is FREE to all families/teachers in the Northland. Materials and resources are available for children birth - 8 years of age. All materials can be checked out for 2 weeks. Located in the Parents as Teachers office, 1950 NE 46th St, KCMO 64116.

We have new hours this year!

Monday 2:30 - 6:30

Tuesday: 8:00 - 12:00

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 8:00 - 12:00 & 2:30 - 6:30

Friday: 8:00 - 12:00

North Kansas City School District requires that all visitors present a valid driver's license or state ID to enter our facilities.

Community Connections

Pre-K Fishing Day at Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary

Friday, September 13, 2019 10:00-11:30 am

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary

407 N La Frenz Rd, Liberty, Missouri 64068

Come enjoy a day of catch and release fishing at the Nature Sanctuary! The Nature Sanctuary is closed to fishing throughout the year, but on this special day we'll fish the creek which is loaded with sunfish, catfish, bass and more. We'll learn the basics of fishing and have fun while doing it! We will have poles, tackle and bait available for use. However, if your preschooler has a pole they prefer feel free to bring it with. Note that alterations may need to be done to the hook in order to be allowed to fish on site. Space and supplies are limited. Please 816-781-8598 to register. Closed-toed and backed shoes must be worn to enter the creek.

Cost: $5 per child and accompanying adult.

This event is not sponsored by or connected to NKC Parents as Teachers.