Parents as Teachers is commitment to connect families to resources that help them reach their goals and address their parenting needs.
Early Childhood Peer Model Program: The Shawnee Mission School District’s Early Childhood Program is a unique opportunity for students with special needs to learn age-appropriate skills from their peers in a structured environment. Peers are an integral part of this program; they demonstrate skills such as following directions and using good manners during natural social interactions. We strive to provide all children enrolled in the program and their families a positive experience.
The Early Childhood Program is offered at the Shawnee Mission Early Childhood Education Center (6701 W 83rd St) Monday through Thursday from 8:15 – 11:00 or 12:15 – 3:00. The Early Childhood Program is not in session on Friday or any days the Shawnee Mission School District is not in session. The School District’s calendar is available at www.smsd.org. Parents/guardians must provide transportation.PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PEERS:
- There is NO COST to families who participate in the Early Childhood Peer Program
- Be a Shawnee Mission School District resident or have a parent or guardian working in the district
- Be 3 or 4 years old
- Be toilet-trained (no more than one accident within a two-week period)
- Demonstrate independent self-help skills
- Initiate play with other children
- Be able to follow directions with minimal prompting
- Speak using a minimum of three-word phrases with age-appropriate articulation
- Understand concepts such as big/little, on/off, wet/dry
- Attend the program consistently
- Not be kindergarten-eligible (age five before September 1st, 2020)
- Currently not receiving services on an IEP or IFSP
- To register click here
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Shawnee Mission Parents as Teacher's PTA (Follow us on Facebook): Children thrive and succeed when parents are engaged and involved in activities with and for their children. Even at these early years, your involvement makes a difference. Also, availability of programs like parents as Teachers depends on the families involved letting their elected officials know that they need an want these programs. One way you can get involved is to join your PTA. Visit Shawnee Mission PTA for more information. SM PAT also encourages parents to get involved by volunteering to be a PTA Board Member. SM PAT PTA would like to thank those parents who are leading our PTA group connections for the 2021-22 school year! If you are interested in being a part of a volunteer group with a mission to support our parent educators and provide experiences to promote child development email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See attached flyer for more details:
- All Parents as Teachers PTA activities are open to older siblings and children who have aged out of Parents as Teachers
- Once you purchased your annual PTA membership it offers your family continuation of activities for your children from 3 to 5 years of age.
- The PTA sponsors a clothing center to help supplement needs of families within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries. Families can shop at no charge in this facility located at Broadmoor, 6701 W. 83rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66204
- Click HERE to fill out a Shawnee Mission PAT PTA membership form. What is the difference between Shawnee Mission PAT and our PTA? Click Here Here is a quick link to pay your PAT PTA Membership dues: Pay Here
Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (Birth to 2.9 years of age)
Through a working partnership between families and the community, Infant Toddler Services fosters and coordinates the delivery of timely, comprehensive, quality services for children ages birth to 2.9 years of age who have developmental delays or disabilities. Go to Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County for more information:
Early Childhood Developmental Screening (3 to 5 years of age) - The Shawnee Mission School District offers a developmental screening that assesses vision, hearing, problem-solving, personal-social development, gross/fine motor skills, and speech/language skills. The purpose of this screening is to identify children who may have substantial developmental delays and who maybe eligible for special education services. To find our more information about this process, please call Deneen Willis @ 913-993-1712 or click on Screening Link
- Students who are 4 years old by August 31 are eligible for enrollment
- Students must meet state immunization requirements
- Students must be independent with toileting
- Students are enrolled in either the morning or afternoon sessions
- Sessions are from 8:15 -11:00 a.m. or 12:15 - 3:00 p.m.
- Students may participate in either the school breakfast or lunch program
- Access is on the first come, first served basis
- Parents are responsible for transportation
Growing Futures Early Education Center, 8155 Santa Fe Drive, OP, KS 66204 913-649-9714 Growing Futures mission is to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community. They provides early childhood services to low-income families in the Johnson County area. Please visit the web site above.
Car Seat Safety
Children's safety in their car seats is the law in every state. This law provides the best protection for infants and young children. Because installing children safety seats can be challenging, a certified child passenger safety technician check your installation of your child's safety seat.
- Technicians follow a standardized checklist to ensure that all aspects relative to the child, the card seat, and the vehicle seating location are explored
- Expectant parents, grandparents, and childcare providers are encouraged to bring their car and booster seats to be checked.
- If no events are schedule near you, contact your local police department and ask if they have a trained car seat safety technician.
- Many departments provide this service for free of charge.
- Learn more go to Safe Kids Johnson County: Safe Kids in Kansas
Report Child Abuse & Neglect - If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please telephone the Kansas Protection Report Center at 1-800-922-5330. Every call is taken seriously and every effort will be made to protect your identity. Telephone lines are staffed 24 hours a day. In the event of an emergency contact your local law enforcement or call 911. For more information click on link above.
In Missouri call 1-800-392-3738
Prevent Domestic Violence - If you or a friend are suffering from physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse or verbal abuse, this free service can help.
Period of Purple Crying - Why Does My Baby Cry So Much? How Much Do New Babies Cry? Kansas Children's Service League KCLS.ORG
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Johnson County Library Facebook Page
JC Birth to Six - Storytime with JC Library information
Highly recommended books for Early Talkers (birth to 2 years) in the Johnson County Library:
- B is for Baby, by Atunuke
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise
- Rock-a-bye Baby, by Jane Cabrera
- Freight Train, by Donald Crews
- and so many more...
Other Resource Links:
- Special Olympics of Kansas - Empowering People with Intellectual Disabilities Through Sports
- Day Care Connection - Need help finding licensed quality day care?
- Healthy Families of Johnson County - Serves parents expecting or with babies, prenatal to 3.
- Infant See - No Cost Eye Assessments for Infants (6-12 months)
- The Family Conservancy - Helping Families Prepare Children for Success
- Head out The Door to Play & Explore (area Parks) - Know the physical development benefits of outdoor play
- Local Destinations for Children to interact with Animals - PAT list of areas to interact with animals