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Parents as Teachers earns international Blue Ribbon designation

Maize USD 266 Parents as Teachers Maize Early Childhood Center's Parents as Teachers program recently earned the prestigious Blue Ribbon Affiliate, the highest designation from its parent organization as a standout for serving families and changing lives in the OneMa1ze community. Maize USD 266's program accomplished 100 percent of criteria.

The program aims to promote young children's ideal early development, learning, and wellness by supporting and engaging with them and their families with the belief that parents are a child's first and best teacher.

Congratulations to, pictured from left, Principal June Rempel, Lead Parent Educator Michelle McAllister, and Parent Educators Jana Kubik, Stephanie Simmon, Petrissa Palmer, Erin White, and Samantha Berry! This year alone, they support 160 children in our community, a nearly 26 percent increase over last year. They have visited the homes of those children more than 400 times already this school year to provide vision, hearing, and developmental screenings; encourage parent-child interaction; and support parents. They teach using research-based curriculum, connect families with resources in the community, and build lasting relationships.

Learn more about Parents as Teachers and/or register to participate at Limited spots remain for this school year, and participation is free! You also can click here to watch a video about Parents as Teachers.


About Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The internationally-recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families. PAT currently serves nearly 200,000 families in all 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, six other countries, and one U.S. territory. Parents As Teachers National Center, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals and schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit or Twitter @NatlPAT.