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Parents as Teachers Recognizes Best Practices in Early Childhood Education

Parents as Teachers honored three of its affiliates with the prestigious Losos Prize for Excellence for 2011 at the organizationís national conference in November. These organizations have made a significant impact on children and families in St. Louis, Portland, and southwestern Indiana.

St. Louis, MO, December 03, 2011 --( Parents as Teachers, the trusted resource for organizations and professionals in the early childhood education, honored three of its affiliates with the prestigious Losos Prize for Excellence for 2011 at the organization’s national conference in November. These Parents as Teachers affiliates were chosen based on their demonstrated creativity and innovation in pursuit of the Parents as Teachers vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

4C of Southern Indiana is a Parents as Teachers affiliate and a child care resource and referral agency serving 11 counties in southwestern Indiana and Henderson, Ky. More than 33 percent of the children 4C serves are raised by teen parents. To better support them, 4C designed a unique Teen Parent Program to share child development information and parenting tips with young parents during or after school. In a recent evaluation of the Teen Parent Program, 100 percent of the teen parent participants reported that they have incorporated the new information into their parenting, feel more confident as parents and would recommend the Teen Parent Program to a friend.

Child Development and Family Resource Support Program (CDFS) at Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., oversees multiple programs, such as Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Resources & Referral and Parents as Teachers, to serve a community of five school districts. CDFS connects families, approximately 70-80 percent of whom live in poverty, to community resources by partnering with area schools to lead outreach efforts. In addition, CDFS and Stanford University are conducting research on incorporating early childhood services into elementary schools for greater accessibility for all children.

Riverview Gardens School District Parents as Teachers in St. Louis, Mo., serves a population of 98 percent minority families, 83 percent low income families and 87 percent high needs families. Through the Partners in Education program, Parents as Teachers services are brought directly to child care facilities, providing training for child care providers and creating convenient, onsite opportunities for family visits, health screenings and group connections that increase parent participation in their child’s development. Riverview Gardens Parents as Teachers was also chosen as one of the top three early childhood programs in the state by the Missouri School Board Association.

Created in 2006, the Losos Prize for Excellence Award is named in honor of Carolyn Losos, a lifetime early childhood proponent. The award acknowledges creative initiatives by affiliates that advance the Parents as Teachers vision. Recognized affiliates receive a $2,500 award to support activities that further the organization’s purpose. This spring, the winning affiliates will receive a personal visit from a Parents as Teachers representative and will be recognized at a local ceremony honoring the affiliate’s achievements in education excellence.

About Parents as Teachers
Headquartered in St. Louis, Parents as Teachers champions the critical role of parental involvement and early intervention in the early childhood development and education continuum. Parents as Teachers supports a network of professionals and organizations who serve more than 300,000 families across the country and around the world through a proven parent education model. For more information, visit

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