Parents as Teachers

  • Parkway Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program offered at no charge for Parkway residents serving families prenatally to Kindergarten entry. The program is designed to provide families with child development & parenting information and to support parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

    PAT is designed to offer regularly scheduled family personal visits, annual developmental screenings, group connections and access to a network of resources. These components are integral in supporting and preparing children & families for school readiness. The Parkway Parents as Teachers program provides opportunities to assist families with a smooth transition into preschool and kindergarten. 

    PERSONAL FAMILY VISITS - A certified parent educator will bring an age-appropriate activity for you and your child to play together. You will partner with your Parent Educator in observing your child’s play and development.  Book sharing and supporting early literacy are important components of the personal visit.   

    GROUP CONNECTIONS - We offer Family Activity sessions and Just For Parents sessions at no charge. Upcoming sessions are listed below.   

    DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS - Screening provides an opportunity for you to see how your child is developing and meeting developmental milestones. Resources are available if a delay is identified. We offer screenings for all children 6 months to 36 months during a personal visit that includes development, health, hearing and vision. For children ages 3-5, a play-based screening is offered at the Early Childhood Center.    

    RESOURCE NETWORK - We offer a Parent Book Lending library and a Toy Lending Library available for checkout at the Early Childhood Center.  Resources in the community are available for supporting and enriching families.

    *To enroll in the Parents as Teachers program, call (314) 415-6973 or click here to start the process to enroll online.  A representative will call you to complete enrollment.

     A Parkway Parent Educator is….

    • a Parkway School District employee
    • degreed in early childhood education, social work, family development or a related field
    • a professional certified by the National Parents as Teachers Center 
    • a partner who will support your child’s healthy growth and development and parenting practices


    Songs, Stories & Sillies
    Birth - 5 years
    Tuesday, December 5
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - *Evening Event
    Parkway Early Childhood, West - 14605 Clayton Rd

    Songs, Stories & Sillies is a FREE Parkway Parents as Teachers event for Parkway families with children from birth-5 years. Come join our talented Parent Educators as you and your child participate in fun singing/movement, active stories and lots of silly moments. Stay for as long as you choose. Because of safety concerns, enrollment is limited. Click to Register

    Attention! All Parents of Picky Eaters
    Adults Only
    Tuesday, December 12
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - *Evening Event
    Virtual Presentation

    We will talk about reasons kids are picky, strategies for overcoming stressful mealtimes and when to seek out extra help. This group connection is for parents only and is offered in conjunction with Rockwood Parents as Teachers. Presented by Aley Babb-Keeble, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and Co-Owner of Acorn Children’s Therapy LLC   Click to register

    The Wonderful World of Kindergarten
    Adult Only Webinar
    Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - *Evening Event

    The "Wonderful World of Kindergarten" webinar is an excellent opportunity for Parkway parents to learn more about Kindergarten and:

    • What is REALLY expected of children entering Kindergarten?
    • What happens on a typical day?
    • How to help prepare your child
    • How and when to register.

    Presented by staff members of Parkway Early Childhood and Parkway Kindergarten teachers. Registration in advance is required for the webinar - CLICK HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Visit Your Elementary School
    For 2024/25 Kindergartners and Parents
    Thursday, January 18, 2024
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
    @Your Parkway School of Kindergarten Attendance  
    • FREE event for 2024-25 Parkway Kindergartners & their parents/guardians at their Parkway Elementary School of Kindergarten attendance
    • Tour your Parkway elementary school and learn more about it.
    • Help your child become acquainted with their new school.
    • Parents as Teachers Parent Educators will be present to greet you & your child.
    • Parkway Schools Attendance Boundaries                          Registration Required