Arizona’s Children Association has a new Parents as Teachers program for families in Pinal County. This free program, funded through First Things First, is designed for families who are pregnant and/or have children birth to 5 years. First Things First, approved by Arizona voters, works to ensure that our youngest children have access to quality early child experiences so that they will start school healthy and ready to succeed.

The Parents as Teachers home visiting program will consist of parent and child activities that support the parent as the first and best teacher in their child’s life. Parent Educators will facilitate two home visits per month with fun and easy activities to support and enhance a child’s skills and prenatal home visiting for each trimester to help support expecting parents. Developmental, vision, and hearing screenings for infants and children, and group meetings with other parents as support and networking, are also offered. As needed, consultation for resources and referrals to community resources may also be provided.

Arizona’s Children Association staff are early childhood educators who are nationally certified to bring this evidence-based program to Pinal County families. With over 30 years of research, this parent and child curriculum supports advanced language, problem-solving, cognitive development, and social development skills necessary for school readiness. Families who have participated in the Parents as Teachers program have children who arrive to school ready to learn and score higher on kindergarten readiness tests and in standardized measures of reading, math, and language tests in elementary grades.

Arizona’s Children Association has a team of Parent Educators who will travel throughout Pinal County to conduct home visits. Registration for this free program is now open for enrollment and participation in the program is open to all families throughout Pinal County and is not contingent upon income or need.

WHO:               Arizona’s Children Association
WHAT:             Free program for families who are pregnant or have children ages birth to 5 years.
WHEN:             Enrollment is now open
WHERE:           Pinal County

For more information about Parents as Teachers, please contact Shelley Tellez at 480-261-9937 or PCarder@arizonaschildren.org. Parents as Teachers is also available La Paz, Mohave and Yavapai County. www.ArizonasChildren.org

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