Being a parent means finding answers to questions. Long before their child asks “Why is the sky blue?” parents are faced with other issues such as “Is my child developing slower than his peers?” or “Does my baby actually learn when I play with her?”
Parents of children younger than 36 months old may find answers to many of their questions through the Parents as Teachers program in the Baldwin schools. The free program is personalized to meet the needs of individual families of babies and toddlers living within the USD 348 district.
The Baldwin program is part of the national Parents as Teachers program and follows its curriculum. All parent educators have a minimum of an undergraduate degree and experience in early childhood education. They also train in the national Parents as Teachers certification program.
Parents as Teachers can be reached at 785-594-7050. The program coordinator is Robyn Elder, [email protected] For more information, please contact us.
- Personal visits by certified educators trained in childhood development helps parents understand each stage of a child’s growth and offers practical tips to encourage learning.
- Group connections (formerly group meetings) bring parents together to share common concerns and gain new insights.
- Playtimes for parents and children are scheduled in the Parents as Teachers Resource Center in the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, 500 Lawrence Street.
- Screenings for overall development, language, hearing, and vision help detect potential problems and prevent future difficulties in school.
Robyn Elder, Gina Dearing, and Kathy Minden