Southeast Valley Endorsed Site Demonstrates High Quality Implementation of Evidence-Based Home Visiting
AzPaC Parents as Teachers earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that AzPaC Parents as Teachers is a high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity.
Families in Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek communities are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program, which include home visits, group connections, child screening and connections to community resources, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. To earn Blue Ribbon Affiliate status, AzPaC Parents as Teachers underwent a rigorous self-study and National Center review process to confirm that they are meeting Parents as Teachers’ standards of fidelity and quality.
Blue Ribbon Affiliates are exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families. Implementation with quality and fidelity is vital in home-visiting programs as it determines a program’s effectiveness in accomplishing its original goals and intended outcomes. It also verifies that a program is being implemented as designed. Parents as Teachers rigorous endorsement process demonstrates an affiliate’s accountability and credibility to the community, its funders, elected officials and the partner organizations with which they work.
Among AzPaC Parents as Teachers' greatest strengths identified by the national office is a strong leadership and infrastructure, including comprehensive protocols to guide service delivery. AzPaC’s strengths also include measuring outcomes related to the quality of parenting skills and the commitment to influence program implementation with the results of these outcomes.
“Earning this Blue Ribbon designation not only highlights the exceptional services our home visitors have provided for the past 9 years, it also demonstrates that our program is strongly dedicated to continue meeting the needs of young families in the communities we serve.” -Victoria Bray, AzPaC PAT Program Manager
About AzPaC Parents as Teachers:
AzPaC Parents as Teachers has been serving the Southeast Valley of Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek since 2009, providing parenting and school readiness support to families with children under the age of 5 through home visits, routine developmental screening, monthly family events, connections and to community resources. Support for AzPaC Parents as Teachers is provided by a grant from First Things First, which partners with families and communities to give all Arizona children the opportunity to arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed. Learn more at FirstThingsFirst.org.
For more information about the AzPaC Parents as Teachers Program visit http://azpartnershipforchildren.org
About Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals during a child’s earliest years in life, from pregnancy through kindergarten. Parents as Teachers internationally recognized evidence-based home visiting model is backed by 35 years of research-proven outcomes for children and families and currently serves 121,000 families in 50 U.S. states, 115 Tribal organizations, five other countries and one U.S. territory. Parents as Teachers is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Parents as Teachers affiliates operate in various settings, including health departments, hospitals, schools, faith-based and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit parentsasteachers.org or Twitter @NatlPAT.