Judy Center to Receive Award for Parents As Teachers Program
Release Date: 11/25/2008 12:08:31 PM
The Carroll County Judy Center Partnership has been named as a recipient of the 2008 Judith P. Hoyer Foundation Award. The Judy Center was selected as the Most Improved Partnership for its countywide expansion of the Parents As Teachers Program.
The Judy Center provides countywide parent education and support to families with the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program. Certified Parent Educators are trained to translate scientific information on early brain development and to mentor parents to know what to expect during each stage of their child's development.
PAT is a research-based curriculum that is administered through home visitation to support the parents as the child's first teacher. The program was chosen based on documented evidence that families with young children who participated in the nationally acclaimed program were assessed as being "ready to learn" when they entered school. Recognizing that all families can benefit from support, Parents As Teachers serves families from all socio-economic levels and from rural, urban and suburban communities.
The Judy Center Partnership developed a countywide Program Plan to meet the needs of Carroll County families. While it is a national model, it is a local program. Family participation is voluntary. The Judy Center coordinates the PAT effort by accepting referrals and tracking all families that are enrolled in the program.
The Local Management Board funded training for 29 parent educators in the spring of 2007 and has secured funding to support the equivalent of four full-time Parent Educators. There are 24 Parent Educators serving the county at this time. Partnering agencies include the Local Management Board, Catholic Charities Head Start of Carroll County, Human Services Programs Family Center, Carroll County Public Library, and Carroll County Public Schools Families Learning Together, Infants and Toddlers Program, and the Judy Center. All partner agencies are collaborating to increase school readiness for the county.
The Carroll County Judy Center will receive the award at a luncheon on December 9, 2008, at Turf Valley Resort. Special guests will include House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick.