ERIC Number: ED354096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Missouri's Parents as Teachers. Innovations Report.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education developed a pilot parent education program that began in 1981 and was available to parents of children in the state's 543 school districts. In 1984, the state legislature provided funding for the program and mandated that it be made available to all parents of children under 3 years of age, and the program's name was changed to Parents as Teachers. The program provides information and support to families through: (1) personal visits by trained parent educators who help parents address concerns such as their children's language development; (2) group meetings, at which parents and educators share strategies for coping with children at different stages of development; (3) screening of children for developmental and health problems; and (4) centers where parents can bring their children to play. An evaluation of the pilot project revealed many successful outcomes, including children's improved academic and social development and parents' improved knowledge about child rearing. The report presents descriptive measures of the program's success. The report also discusses the implications of the program for programs in other states and countries, and the future of the program in Missouri. (PM)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Parent Education, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, State Programs
Council of State Governments, Iron Works Pike, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578-9989 (CSG Innovations Report RM-785, $10; single copies are free to state officials).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lexington, KY.