Missouri Parents as Teachers Professional Development Program

Summer, Fall, and Spring 2020-2021 Virtual Professional Development Registration OPEN. Click here.


FACE-TO-FACE PAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2020-2021

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face Parents as Teachers Professional Learning Communities, will not begin until at least October 1, 2020.

The health and safety of the participants and facilitators are our main concern as we move forward. We can assure you that the plan to conduct the PLCs will be practical, feasible, acceptable, and tailored to meet the needs of the attendees and the community that will be hosting. We will be following the guidance recommendations of the state of Missouri and the county of the sessions.

**NOTE: Pre-registration will be a MUST for every face-to-face session this year. There will be no “walk in” registrations accepted due to possible COVID-19 restrictions.

Specific restrictions will be shared with enrolled participants prior to the session. Please watch the missouripat.org website for cancellations or additional guidance.

**We are offering Virtual Professional Learning Communities (VPLCs) this year for professional development credit. Click the link above to learn about these opportunities. There will be limited seats in some of the sessions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Diane Addison, daddison@missouripat.org

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The following are possible topics for face-to-face Parents as Teachers Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for the school year 2020-2021 when they are allowed to resume due to COVID-19. Other topics may be added or substituted for listed sessions. Please continue to watch this website for dates and registration. There will be no sessions before October 1, 2020.

*FUNCTIONAL SCREENING PROCEDURES (3 hours)

*INTRODUCTION TO MISSOURI PARENTS AS TEACHERS REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAMS (5 hours)

*“LET’S GET PHYSICAL” (3 hours)

*UNIQUE PARTNERSHIPS: ADAPTING TO MEET DIVERSE FAMILY NEEDS (3 hours)

*ADULT LEARNING STYLES (3 hours)

*WELL-BEING FOR HOME VISITORS (2 hours)

*SUPPORTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT THROUGH POSITIVE DISCIPLINE (5 hours)

*ESTABLISHING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS THROUGH AWARENESS, ENGAGED LISTENING, AND NON-VERBAL CUES (2 hours)

*BABY TEETH 101 & EARLY DENTAL CARE (2 hours) (Kansas City Area)

*THE MAGIC OF EVERYDAY MOMENTS….IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT (5 hours)

*“FOOD FOR THOUGHT—HELPING PARENTS NAVIGATE CHILDHOOD NUTRITION WITHOUT LOSING THEIR MINDS” (3 hours)

*“I SEE ME” (5 hours)

*HOW TO TALK TO PARENTS ABOUT CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR (3 hours) (Washington, Mo area)

*SELF-REGULATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (2 hours) (Washington, Mo area)

*PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL BEHAVIORS FOR HOME VISITORS (3 hours) (Joplin area)

*SAFETY FOR HOME VISITORS: AM I AS SAFE AS I CAN BE? (2 hours) (Joplin area)

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The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting framework that builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Trained parent educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families. The PAT program has four components: personal visits, group connections, screenings, and resource referrals. Together, these components provide families with children prenatal to kindergarten entry a program of support so that children are able to reach their full potential.

In Missouri, PAT programs are supported through a collaborative partnership that includes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - Early Learning Section, the Parents as Teacher National Center (PATNC), and the local school district. Each partner has specific roles and responsibilities that collectively ensure that families in Missouri have access to quality parent education services through the PAT program.

The activities in this project provide on-going professional development and program support designed to strengthen the Parents as Teachers programs in Missouri. Professional development enhances the knowledge base that informs parent educators and program supervisors of their roles and responsibilities and increases their competence in delivering services to families. A team of Missouri PAT Consultants from across the state provide professional development opportunities that include, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), on-site Family Visit Consultations (FVCs), Collaborative Networking Groups (CNGs) and additional Program Assistance and Support (PAS).

These specific activities provide the opportunity for parent educators and program supervisors to enhance their knowledge and skills in implementing the Foundational Curriculum and Model Implementation. The focus of the professional development relates to the five PAT Core Competency areas in the approved curriculum; family support and parenting education, child and family development, human diversity with family systems, health, safety and nutrition and relationships between families and communities.

Parent educators and program supervisors are encouraged to strengthen their knowledge and skills by forming connections with other PAT programs for on-going support and networking.

New and experienced parent educators are able to complete professional development hours required by DESE for initial certification and re-certification.

REGISTER for 2020 VPLCs here.