The third week of November saw 27 child development specialists from around the country assemble in Jasper to receive training from Parents as Teachers. Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) hosted the event. Trainees, including PCAP’s Melissa Johnson, arrived from Georgia, adjourning states and even as far away as California. The 5 day class, taught by Kansas City, MO based Freda Markley and Jennie Anderson, is designed to convey the basics of their proven home visitation model. Parent Educators are taught how to partner with parents to do a better job of preparing children for a stronger start in life by helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher.
All PCAP parent educators are required to be current in this training whose model evolves around four dynamic components: Personal visits (in home); Group connections (multi-family activities); Screenings (for developmental or health issues) and Resource network (connecting families to agencies and resources to meet their needs). Trainees learn how to prepare, create and document parent/child activities using each of these components to achieve agreed upon goals. Areas of emphasis within the model include parent-child interaction; development-centered parenting and family well-being. PCAP uses this approach to achieve its Mission: to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts.
Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers serves more than 212,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, and five other countries. Its internationally recognized network uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from birth through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Source: www.parentsasteachers.org
Thank you to the Pickens County Commissioners for use of the Pickens Room at the County Administrative Building.
Also happening in November is family photo day. Over 80 families donned their best holiday outfits as photographer Donna Gaddis created lasting family memories. Family portrait day is one of PCAP’s monthly family activity events for participants in its Parents as Teachers programs. PCAP expresses its deepest thanks to Donna for volunteering her time, expertise and holiday props for this shoot.
She demonstrated her amazing ability to work with families and children to capture beautiful images. You can see her work at www.donnagaddisphotography.zenfolio.com. PCAP also thanks Community Bank for the use of their meeting room for this event. A full complement of PCAP staff members was there to greet families and sign them up for the December event.