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What is Parents As Teachers? 
  • Parents are their children's first and most important teacher. Children grow at an accelerated rate from the moment they are born until three years of age. It is important to jump start your children's learning so that they are ready for school when the time comes. 
  • Flexible schedules to allow all families to be able to participate in the program. 
  • Personalized visits to provide the best learning opportunities for you and your children. 
  • Group connections are offered so that your family is able to interact with other families in the community. 
  • It's free for children ages birth to 5 years, usually when your child enters kindergarten.
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Parents as Teachers History

Parents as Teachers program began with funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The Danforth Foundation. The program officially began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project for first-time parents of newborns. When officials observed the benefits of the program and the cost effectiveness, the state funding was provided in 1985 to implement the Parents as Teachers program in all Missouri School Districts. Since the beginning, the program has now reached all 50 states and is being implemented in other countries as well. 

Contact your Polo Parent Educator for more information and to get started on providing the best possible start to your child's life you can today! 
Gretchen Brashear
email: brashearg@polo.k12.mo.us
Polo Early Childhood Center
300 West School Street
Polo, Missouri 64671
Office Number: (660)354-2099