Lori is a parent educator with Parents at Teachers in the Pattonville school district. She has degrees in both early childhood and elementary education. Lori has been with Parents as Teachers for 21 years.
Parents as Teachers develops curricula that support a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children prenatal to five years old. Their approach is relationship-based and encourages learning experiences that are relevant and customized for the individual needs of each family and child. The program is available through the Pattonville schools to any family within the district at no charge. Parents as Teachers adjusts the way they service Room at the Inn to better accomodate the average family stay at the shelter of 30 days.
“A parent educator is assigned to each family for a four week period so we can establish the same relationship with them as we do for other parents in the district,” explains Lori. “That way, I can assess each family’s needs and put together the right resources for them.”
Lori tries to do a complete developmental screening on each child, including a health screening for vision and hearing. She also addresses any concerns or questions a client might have and gives them a confidential forum to talk about their child and what they can do to help encourage development. Lori shared a recent success story about a Room family.
“A child was about to enter kindergarten and her mother was concerned about her language skills so I did the development screening for her. When it was complete, the child did very well and had high strengths in several areas,” recalls Lori. “It gave the mom comfort and showed her something going well in her life – that her child was indeed ready for school.”
If you would like information about Parents as Teachers, please visit their website www.parentsasteachers.org. We thank Lori and all the parent educators at Parents as Teachers for providing such a valuable resource to our families.