Parents as Teachers

North Kansas City Schools - March 2021

When will visits stop being virtual?

With the rollout of the vaccines to parts of our community, we have received several questions about driveway/porch/in-home visits. We love that you are excited to see your parent educators in-person, and they are anxious to get back to visiting you too, but not quite yet.

We are in constant communication with DESE and the NKC Schools administration about the best practices for keeping all of our staff and families healthy and safe. We will be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

We know this has been hard for families this year and we are so appreciative of all that you have done to keep you and your children connected with Parents as Teachers.

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Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Everyone talks about kindergarten readiness...but what does that really mean for you and your child?

Click here to join us or go to for a virtual discussion as staff from throughout the district share tips and tricks on what you need to know about preparing for the transition to kindergarten.

Hear from:

  • Current kindergarten teachers
  • Transportation
  • Adventure Club
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Parent Educators
  • and more...

To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year children must be 5 years old by August 1st. Not sure what school your child will attend? You can look it up on the district website by clicking here. Select "00" for your child's grade.

This event is open to all residents within the North Kansas City School District boundaries.

Visit for more information.

Please RSVP if you haven't done so already.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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The Best Way to Play With Your Kids
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Parent Cafe: Easy and Creative Ways to Learn and Explore Outside

Thursday, March 18th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Our new Parent Café series is an informal time for parents to come together and share parenting ideas with each other. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us online for an hour!

The weather is warming up and soon the kids will want to be outside.

  • Share ideas on your favorite places to go (pre-Covid as well as now)
  • Discuss easy and inexpensive ways to bring the learning outside

Click here to join the meeting

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Group Connection: Caterpillars and Butterflies

Thursday, March 25th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Learn all about the life cycles of caterpillars and butterflies through stories, crafts, movement, and more!

Spaces are limited to 25 children currently enrolled in PAT. Click here to reserve your space today.

A bag of materials will need to be picked up in advance for this event on Friday, March 19th at the Early Education Center, located at 6479 N Prospect Ave, Gladstone,MO 64119

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Raising Healthy Eaters

Wednesday, March 24th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Melissa Cotton, MPH from Missouri Extension Services will present Raising Healthy Eaters:

Help children learn to make healthy choices from the start. It’s a lesson they will use for life. We will discuss making healthy meals and snacks on a budget, ways to include kids in the kitchen, and the importance of learning healthy habits at an early age.

Spaces are limited to 20 households. Click here to reserve your spot!

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Book Nook-Interactive Books

Do you have a child that runs away when you pull the books out or stays for only a page or two before darting off to the next activity? Try reading interactive books with your child. These books will pull your child in from the start by asking them to push"buttons", blow on the pages, tap trees, make faces and more. Here are a few of our parent educators' favorite interactive books!

Eight Tips to Surviving a Tantrum


You can’t avoid every tantrum, but here are some ideas from the AAP to help you survive them more gracefully.

1. Give your child enough attention and “catch her being good.”

2. During a tantrum, give your child control over little things.

3. Distraction. Move to a new room.

4. Choose your battles and accommodate when you can.

5. Know your child’s limits.

6. Do not ignore behaviors like hitting, kicking, biting, or throwing.

7.Set your child up for success.

8. Give yourself a break when you need it.

Click here to read the full article

Learning at home...all about colors

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