Parents as Teachers Newsletter

North Kansas City Schools * November 2020

A month of celebrations!

It has been an exciting month in the Parents as Teachers office! On October 15th we learned we were 1 of 5 programs in Missouri to achieve Blue Ribbon Affiliate status this year! This means we are in the top 10% of programs in the state and in the nation. At the end of October, the program was recognized at the district board meeting. This wouldn't be possible without all of the amazing families, past and present, that invited us into their homes and now onto their screens. Thank you for helping to make this tremendous honor possible.

We also celebrated Parent Educator Laura Crawford when she was nominated to be recognized by the district's iNspire program. She recently appeared on the district's web page as well as Fox4 news highlighting the Parents as Teachers program and the amazing work she does with families!

FOX 4 reports on Parents as Teachers

Books and Toys added to Success By 6

Success By 6 continues to offer convenient, contact-free, curbside checkout. The toy catalog has been updated with more puzzles, dramatic play, math, and literacy toys. A catalog of children's books is now available as well.

5 easy steps for checkout!

  1. Complete the User agreement
  2. Complete the online checkout form after looking through our catalog below
  3. Judy Braden will email you to arrange a pickup time.
  4. Arrive at your scheduled time and pick up your toys outside the front door of our office.
  5. Have fun playing!!

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

Success By 6 Toy Catalog

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Success By 6 Book Catalog

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Refer a Family - Win a Walmart Gift Card!!

Help us spread the word that we are enrolling new families!

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--receive 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 Connections

November has several group connection offerings.

All group connections are currently offered virtually through Teams. Click here to see the flyer, RSVP for events, and access the Teams link for each meeting.

Cooking With Leigh, November 4th, 6-7 pm

Leigh is back with another edition of Kids in the Kitchen!! This month we will be baking pumpkin muffins. Afterward, Amber will lead a discussion on the benefits of a healthy breakfast along with easy ideas for healthy breakfasts


Parent Cafés are spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Discussions are facilitated by parent educators. Our goal is for participants to leave Parent Cafés feeling connected, supported, energized, and excited to parent. Please note that we are offering an infant/toddler session and a preschool session.

Preschool Parent Cafe: November 12th, 6-7 pm

Infant Toddler Parent Cafe: November 19th, 1:30-2:30 pm

Bedtime Stories with Amy and Julie November 17th, 6:30-7:30 pm

Put on your pajamas and snuggle in as parent educators, Julie & Amy share virtual bedtime stories with the family at 6:30. A conversation about the importance of lullabies along with tips and tricks to create tear-free bedtime routines will follow at 7:00.

Missing Storytime?

Mid-Continent Public Library offers virtual storytimes, dial-a-story, and more!

Dial a Story: Check this page each week for a new story read for you by one of our MCPL staff members. You can hear the story by visiting this page or calling 816.701.6904

Virtual Storytimes are offered on most Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 am. Click here to see the full list.

Book Bundles: Don’t know what books to check out for your child? Call the library and ask for a book bundle! They have ready made bundles or can pull books based on your child's interests. You can even use the curbside service to pick the books up!

Riverside Branch: 2700 N.W. Vivion Road, Riverside, MO 64150, 816.741.6288

Antioch Branch: 6060 N. Chestnut Ave. Gladstone, MO 64119, 816.454.1306

Tumblebooks offers free animated talking picture books for children. All you need is a library card to access the site.

Virtual Events: Go to MCPL events to see the complete list. A few events for families include:

Activities To Do at Home

Miss Alice Reads: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf


  • Biscuit is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Spot's Thanksgiving by Eric Hill
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson
  • Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet by Jane O'Connor
  • Happy Thanksgiving Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
  • Five Silly Turkey's by Salina Yoon
  • By The Light of the Harvest Moon By Harriet Ziefert
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Community Resources

Northland Christmas Store

Due to COVID our store has had to make some changes. Please read carefully as the application process is different. This year our Focus will be on Toys and Hygiene products

Serving all Clay County residents residing in the following zip codes: 64116, 64117, 64118, 64119, 64155, 64156, 64157, 64158, 64161, 64163, 64164, & 64165

2020 PHONE Application will be taken:

  • Saturday, November 7 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Thursday, November 12 5 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday, November 14 10 AM - 2 PM

Please call 816-423-4123 during the above specified hours. Please have the following information available when applying. These documents must also be presented when picking up items.

  • Copy of 2019 Tax Return

OR all of the Following

  • Lease or Copy of Property Tax for Proof of Address
  • Proof of Income
  • Social Security Cards for all family members
  • Legal Birth Certificates- for each child
  • Driver’s License or Photo ID- for those 16 years and older

No in-store shopping will be available this year.

Drive-Thru Distribution of items will be Dec 7,8, & 9 at 1534 Burlington in North Kansas City

We ask that all clients stay in their car while picking up.

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Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry

Harvesters will be distributing food to families at locations across the Northland throughout the month of November at Mobile Distribution Sites. (see below)

For the complete list of Missouri locations click here.

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Diaper Assistance

Clay County Health Department – Drive-Thru Mass Diaper Distribution For NEW CLIENTS ONLY

800 Haines Drive Liberty, MO 64068

Distribution Time:

Wednesday, November 4th 3:00pm-5:00pm or while supplies lasts

Wednesday, December 2nd 3:00pm-5:00pm or while supplies lasts

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, diapers will be loaded into the trunk of your car.

Please bring the following!!!

  1. Parent/Guardian ID (Driver’s/State ID or Passport)
  2. ID for Child under 4 years of age (Birth Certificate, Medicaid Card, State ID, Passport)

Love INC of Clay County
2050 Plumbers Way, Suite 160 Liberty, Mo 64068 816-781-3200

Distribution Time: Monthly between the 15th and last business day of each month

New Enrollments: Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-3:00pm

Must live in Clay or Platte County.
Additional documentation required! Please bring a social security card for each household member and proof of residence is Clay or Platte County.

For more details on diaper distribution in Clay county click here