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August 28, 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 9 Parents as Teachers Works Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer The Early childhood education has been studied for decades, some studies span over 25 years, with the vast majority producing similar results – early education programs are highly beneficial and increasingly necessary. From birth to school-age, a learning window of opportunity exists in children that allows parents to build the foundation for academic success. During these years, the brain is still developing. As a result, cognitive development can be enhanced, social and emotional behaviors are formed and the seeds for academic success can be planted. A study conducted by The National Center for Early Education Research concludes that structured programs, which follow state criteria provisions, show a parallel correlation between early education and a reduction of grade repetition and special education services. Further, children who participated regularly in these programs increased their IQ levels by a median score of eight points, raised achievement test scores by an average of 20 percent and increased their chances for higher education. Social and environmental interactions are also increased when children are in structured environments that work to progress the whole child. According to studies, children who received early education services that are coupled with social, behavioral and emotional development continued to By Jessica Mauzey reflect positive attitudes throughout childhood. In later years, early education is also credited with lower delinquency and crime rates in areas where intervention programs were not accessible. In 1981, a pilot program was launched in Missouri called Parents as Teachers. The program's mission is "to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life." In more than 30 years since the program's inception, Parents as Teachers has thrived and expanded to all 50 states. This success is credited to maintaining a continuous system of evolving and improving methods to meet the needs of all children. Parents as Teachers joined the Fort Osage School District several years ago. The program has several resources available to families within the district including home visits with parent educators, the United Way Success by 6 Resource Center and educational services through Title I or special education. Home visits from parent educators have proven beneficial to district students. The parent educator is trained using specific criteria to provide parents the proper tools to help their children learn. The goal of home visits is to educate parents Fort Osage School District Early Childhood students wait patiently as teachers prepare to lead them into Indian Trails Elementary School.

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