Parents as Teachers
This free program helps parents build their child’s intellectual, language, social, and physical development from birth to kindergarten..
Each stage in a child’s development is important and comes with opportunities for learning. Parents as Teachers guides parents through these stages and gives them tools for success.
Why Parents As Teachers?
Learning begins at birth and, by age three, children have learned 75 percent of the language skills they will have as adults. In the first few years, children learn more and at a much faster pace than any other time in life. By age three, a child’s brain is 80 percent the size of an adult brain.
Who is eligible?
Any resident of Lewis County who is pregnant or parenting a child from birth to 3 years of age can participate. Parents voluntarily take part in the no-cost program.
What services are available?
The Parents as Teachers program provides home visits, screenings and assessments, and community connections. Parent will have opportunity to engage their children in a hands-on activity during each home visit. The parent educator is there to support and guide the parent through each activity. Children receive books during each home visit to start their own home library. Home visits are scheduled at a time convenient for the family and the parent educator.
Enrollment in the Parents as Teachers program is open year-round. Call 360-623-8449 or stop by the Teacher Education & Family Development house at 409 S. Oak St. in Centralia.