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Normandy Parents as Teachers Affiliate Earns National Honors

 

Normandy, Missouri – Dec. 1, 2020 – The Normandy Schools Collaborative Parents as Teachers (NCS/PAT) program has earned a prestigious endorsement from the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc., (PATNC) as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top-performing home visiting affiliates within the PATNC’s international network. 

PATNC affiliates are family-focused organizations that have chosen the Parents as Teachers’ home visiting model as one of the services they offer to families with small children.

NSC/PAT offers under-resourced pregnant women and families within the Normandy Schools Collaborative footprint the necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. 

The program is strengths-based and aims to build on the foundation of parenting knowledge families demonstrate. NSC/PAT serves families and children through personal visits in their homes promoting parental resilience and knowledge of child development.

NSC/PAT is part of the PATNC’s Show Me Strong Families (SMSF) direct services initiative. SMSF, through a contract with the Missouri Department of Health, also serves families living in some of the most distressed communities in the City of St. Louis. 

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that NSC/PAT is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity.  Families in the Normandy community and surrounding areas are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program. 

The voluntary program includes personal visits in the home, group socialization connections, health and developmental screenings, and connections to community resources. It equips parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school.

“To earn the Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, we underwent a rigorous self-study and review process from the National Center. The process confirms that we are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality,” said Normandy Schools Collaborative Superintendent of Schools Marcus C. Robinson. "Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering the highest quality services to children and families." 

Ann Young, PAT’s director of Missouri Programming, said, “Implementation with quality and fidelity is vital in home-visiting programs as it determines a program’s effectiveness in accomplishing its original goals and intended outcomes. It also verifies that a program is being implemented as designed.” 

Parents as Teachers’ rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate's accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials, and the partner organizations with which they work. 

The Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process (QEIP) is a comprehensive process of assessing the quality of PAT affiliates' operations and services. Each year, a designated group of PAT affiliates participates by completing and submitting a self-study. 

This year, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, PATNC received 126 self-studies from dedicated PAT affiliates. Following a thorough review of these self-studies by the National Center, 112 of these affiliates earned the coveted Blue Ribbon Affiliate designation, joining the 308 other PAT affiliates that have earned the Blue Ribbon in the last five years.  Blue Ribbon Affiliates met at least 75 percent of the PAT Quality Standards, as evidenced through the additional data, narrative explanations, and documentation they provided in their self-studies.   

About Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries, and one U.S. territory. Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit parentsasteachers.org or Twitter @NatlPAT.