Parents as Teachers

Our Mission:  Parents as Teachers promotes early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

Children do not come with directions. Parents as Teachers can help.

During the years between birth and kindergarten, there are important times when specific kinds of learning must take place for your child to develop to the fullest.  Parents as Teachers can help you capture those windows of opportunity ​so your child starts school ready to succeed.

All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed. The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers shares that mission by providing established and emerging research-based information to parents to promote knowledge of early childhood development and best parenting practices, while understanding and appreciating the diverse cultures and traditions of families who reside within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries.

Parents as Teachers is a voluntary program that offers personal home visits, social activities, playgroups, parenting classes, and various health-related and developmental screenings. The early years of life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success, and parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.

Enrollment Guidelines for Parents as Teachers:

Families enrolling their first child by the age of 6 months are eligible to participate in monthly home visits, in addition to all of the resources and events offered.  Families enrolling children ages 7 to 36 months are invited to attend group meetings, play at the play center, check out resources from our lending library, participate in PTA events, and receive developmental assessments and hearing screenings.  There is a waiting list for home visits, so please enroll early.  To enroll, complete the Parents as Teachers enrollment form and mail or call our office at 913-993-9380.

Parents as Teachers

Staff Directory

Office - Parents as Teachers
(913) 993-9380

Dr. Leigh Anne Neal, Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood Education 
913-993-6441

Carla Heintz, Principal, Early Childhood Center
913-993-2600
 

Chris Judd, Secretary for PAT    913-993-2600

E-mail us at smpat@smsd.org

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please note that Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers follows the Shawnee Mission School District schedule which includes breaks and holidays. When inclement weather occurs, please reference your local news source for school closings. If Shawnee Mission School District announces a closing, the PAT office and play enter will be closed. Classes, group meetings, activities, and PTA events will also be canceled. If a home visit has been scheduled, it is automatically canceled and your parent educator will contact you to reschedule.