Great Parents, Great Start Program
Certified Parent Educators
Certified Parent Educators use the Parents as Teachers curriculum to partner with families to provide:
- Home visits for families that focus on age-appropriate learning activities, child development, and family support. The current focus is primarily families of 3-year olds;
- Developmental screenings for all children birth to kindergarten entry;
- Developmental learning activities, through Ingham Play & Learn groups, for families with children birth to kindergarten entry;
- Connection for families to other community resources, early childhood programs and services. Ingham Great Start links families to multiple services and activities in Ingham County.
- Child development information birth to kindergarten entry;
- Methods to enhance familly-child interaction, including encouraging reading 30 minutes per day;
- Examples of learning opportunities promoting social, physical and intellectual growth;
- Access to needed community services;
- Promotion of healthy relationships.
Universal services, as well as more intensive services to a targeted population, are provided. Services are research-based, and staff is trained in early child development and the Parents As Teachers curriculum.
- Improve school readiness for all young children
- Increase care giver involvement in early education
- Foster the maintenance of stable families
- Reduce enrollments in special education
- Decrease retention of pupils in grade