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The Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award Candidate: Parents As Teachers


Monday - November 25, 2013


The state's Parents As Teachers (PAT) program gets the nod for this edition of Speaking of Schools. This evidence-based home visiting model proves that Parents as Teachers parents are more involved in children’s school activities and engage their children more in home learning activities, especially literacy-related activities. Mary Anne Matthews is the Director of Parenting Programs and PAT State Leader with SC First Steps says the program helps parents raise children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. The model has also demonstrated successful results in increasing parent knowledge of early childhood development, improving parenting practices, providing early detection of developmental delays and health issues, preventing child abuse and neglect, and promoting young children’s healthy development and school readiness, including social-emotional and early literacy skills. The program exists in many SC districts and you'll learn much more about this finalist for the Riley Award on this week's Speaking of Schools!

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