Purdy schools revive Parents as Teachers program

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

District visits 18 families per month, 10 with high needs

The Parents as Teachers program at the Purdy school district has been revived.

Nidia Ennis, program coordinator, took over in October, in time to meet families during the parent-teacher conferences. With assistance from Instructional Coach Mindi Gates, Ennis began recruiting, helped translate brochures and went to St. Louis for training.

The Parents as Teachers program is a home visiting model aiming to help young children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Gates reported Ennis made monthly visits to 18 families, 10 of which represented high needs. A site coordinator from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education accompanied Ennis on a home visit and gave her a good rating.

Ennis will continue serving families from birth to age 3. With further training she will take over age 3 to kindergarten. Gates said Ennis hopes to do more group activities and already helped with preschool screenings.

"[Ennis] did a good job," Gates said. "she's excited and worked to build the program."

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