Parents as Teachers Newsletter

September 2020


Even though the start of this program year looks and feels different, our services to you do not change! We are so thankful your family is a part of our program and we are ready to serve you during these unprecedented times. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to check in with your parent educator or myself and we would be happy to help you!

Courtney Holt

PAT Supervisor

Virtual Visits

We will still be doing virtual visits until further notice. Our parent educators have shared positive comments about them and are excited to be serving you in this way! We would love to see what you are doing on your visits. If you take a photo of your virtual visit and would like to share it with us, please email them to me at

A few virtual visit reminders:

  • We will use Microsoft Teams for virtual visits - your parent educator will send you the link to the meeting a few days in advance. See link below for helpful tips on using Teams.
  • Your parent educator will be dropping off supplies on your doorstep for your upcoming visit a few days before.
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This young learner is having a great time exploring playdoh virtually with Parent Educator Laura.

We have openings for new families!

NKC Parents as Teachers has openings for new families! Please tell your friends and help us spread the word.

Signing up for Parents as Teachers is easier than ever this year! Have them call 816-321-5453 or share this newsletter/link with your friends, family, and coworkers. Click here to Enroll in PAT today!

Tell Me More About All of These Screenings and Assessments

Over the next few months, you may notice your parent educator using a variety of screenings and questionnaires with your family. These tools are designed to help us get to know you and your family and identify new ways we can support you on your parenting journey. The information gathered will also help us strengthen our program and the services we offer as well as 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 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 3) 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-SE (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.

  • Health/Hearing/Vision PE's will complete a health screening on each child that includes questions about hearing and vision. This will not replace going to a Dr for any concerns you may have.

  • Healthy Families Parenting Inventory This survey has 63 statements about different parenting aspects. You will be asked to rate how you feel about each statement. There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone is different and what matters is your experience. Your parent educator will go over your survey at your next visit to see discuss how she can support you in parenting.

  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale A 10 question survey that looks to see how mothers are feeling after having a baby. If a mom is identified as showing signs of depression they may be referred to The Family Conservancy for additional support. See Moving Beyond Depression below for more information.

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

Moving Beyond Depression

We are partnering with The Family Conservancy again this year!

The Family Conservancy received a grant from the Clay County Children's Service Fund to identify and support mothers that may be suffering from depression using the Moving Beyond Depression model of Therapy. This is a free service available to all families in our program.

Moving Beyond Depression™ gives mothers participating in home visiting and who also suffer from depression the treatment that they need to function optimally and support their child’s development. It makes a difference for moms so they can make a difference for their children and benefit fully from home visiting.

If you currently have a child under the age of 3 your parent educator will share more about this program at one of your upcoming visits this fall. They will also ask you to complete a 10 question screening to see if this program might benefit you. All screenings and conversations are confidential.

If you would like to learn more about the Moving Beyond Depression program click here.

Preschool Screenings for This School Year

Looking for preschool for your child this fall? We have openings in our Title I preschool program!

If you have a child that turned 4 before Aug. 1, they are eligible to attend preschool this fall. Talk with your parent educator about completing a screening to see if they qualify.

If you are NOT enrolled in PAT but would like to sign your child up for a developmental screening, with NKC Schools Parents as Teachers, please click on the link below to begin the virtual screening process. Please note that this link is for families that are NEW to our program only.

To learn more about the NKC Title I preschool program click here.

To begin your preschool application click here.

Success by 6 Update

The Success by 6 Resource Library will be opening soon! Although we would like to open up with our usual procedures, this is just not an option currently. Due to visitor restrictions, families will not be able to come inside the center to check out and play.

We are launching a new online checkout system where you can select toys from home! Simply choose the toys you want to check out from the online catalog and choose a curbside pick-up time that is convenient for you! The new online checkout system will begin Monday, September 28th, and you will be able to access it via the Parents as Teachers Facebook page or the district website.

Group Connections Coming Soon!

Watch your email next week as we announce the first group connections of the year!

More Playdough ideas

Many of you have been exploring playdoh during your home visits this month,but did you know that it is super easy and fun to make at home? There are tons of recipes available online for all different types of homemade dough. Here are a few of our favorites!

  • Kool-aid playdoh smells great
  • Cloud dough is wonderful for children with gluten sensitivities
  • No-cook dough is the recipe parent educators are dropping off in your activity bag
  • Peanut Butter playdough is delicious but only for children that don't have allergies!
  • Edible dough is safe for toddlers, although it may not taste the best

How to Make Play Dough - Easy No Cook Recipe! | Sea Lemon
DIY | Edible Playdough (Best Recipe!)