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You are your child's first and most important teacher.


Parents as Teachers promotes optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.


  • The early years of a child's life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and in life.

  • Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.

  • Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support curricula, training, materials and services.

  • All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations.

  • An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families.


Parents as Teachers Approach is to partner, facilitate and reflect. These are parallel processes that occur at every level of our organization from a Parent Educator visiting a family in their home all the way to the work of the National Center.

In 1981, Missouri pioneered the concept of helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher. Today, Parents as Teachers continues to equip early childhood organizations and professionals with information and tools that are relevant—and widely applicable—to today’s parents, families and children.

The Parents as Teachers leadership team and Board of Directors is engaged in a three-year strategic plan, which positions the organization as a valued partner to support the organizations and professionals who...

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